Inside the labyrinth : the thematics of space in the fiction of Paola Capriolo

Ania, GF 2000, 'Inside the labyrinth : the thematics of space in the fiction of Paola Capriolo' , Romance Studies, 18 (2) , pp. 157-171.

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In Capriolo's fiction we see, above all, the centrality of place in the minds and lives of her protagonists, often linked with the idea of the labyrinth: labyrinth as endless tortuous passageways, enclosed place, puzzle, quest. The stories, built around the obsessions of their protagonists, transcend normal temporal and spatial boundaries, and reflect the labyrinth in various forms: as a physical maze; as mirror reflections, sometimes infinitely receding; as a remote, closed-off place; and as a metaphor suggesting confusion of the mind or of ideas. As well as a considerable degree of overlap within these areas, there is a pervading, underlying sense of ambiguity, and the idea of permanence and of eternal 'being'.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Originally published by Maney Publishing.
Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > DG Italy
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Romance Studies
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0263-9904
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Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2009 15:04
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 08:09

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