Storied Cities: Literary Imaginings of Florence, Venice, and Rome
Greenwood Press, 1994 - 310 oldal
The analysis points to Florence frequently being depicted in terms of binary oppositions, including Hebraism versus Hellenism, past versus present, stasis versus movement, and light versus darkness. Venetian narratives are commonly infused with motifs relating to dream and unreality, obsession, voyeurism, isolation, melancholia, and death. History is a controlling metaphor for Roman fiction and poetry, combined with the motif of change and, especially, fall from innocence to experience. Ross shows how writers have self-consciously built on the literary conventions set earlier and anticipates that these cities will remain natural loci for continued post-modernist experiment. In a wider theoretical framework, he examines this writing identified with place for the light it sheds on the issue of the importance of setting in literature.
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Whenever I go to a place and this starts happening , it is as though I develop another sense , or else all my other senses become more acute — I see , hear , smell things more vividly and strongly , and there is an atmosphere which is ...
Her life is devoted to the Hebraist values of " conduct and obedience , " rather than to the Greek ideal of " seeing things as they really are " ( Culture 131 ) . To cite Rickie Elliot's Amoldian observation in The Longest Journey ...
The thing was a major character , out of scale with any fictitious cast " ( 51 ) . ... Edmund Wilson , in Italy at the end of World War Two , found that " there were so many kinds of things in Rome , all mixed up yet with walls between ...
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