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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how sharply two writers as closely akin as Henry James and E. M. Forster diverged in their attitudes toward the " public enactment " of ungoverned impulse , and the same had been true , earlier , of Byron and Shelley .
( Rosenthal and Gelb 349-50 ) a Among modem writers , it is perhaps Siegfried Sassoon who has most wryly lamented this Laocoon - grip of literary indebtedness . Sassoon describes an evening spent in the Villa d'Este Gardens " imbibing ...
Mann's novella is so formidably central to the evolution of " Venetian " writing that it refused to be excluded . ... from their standard sense , applying them to the use of the cities as locales in fictions by non - Italian writers .
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