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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The " perfectly pellucid lenses , " Bardo is relieved to find , free Tito from any taint of Dino's mysticism ( " ' You see no visions , I trust , my young friend ? ' " [ 119 ] ) . Yet Tito , though a scholar , is no mere slave of ...
The young American copyist , Hilda , would willingly sweep aside the staining chromatic filter . When her friend Kenyon exclaims " ' [ G ] ive me to live and die in — the pure , white light of Heaven ! ' " , she heartily concurs : " I ...
What makes both Christina and Rome hazardous to Roderick is that the two " sides " of the young man's nature , the creative and the self - destructive , are not in truth opposed but tragically interlinked . It is the boundlessness of ...
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