Sleep Fictions: A Digital Companion

I.1, V.1 Hudson

 In Chapter 1, Rowland observes that Italians are perceived in ways similar to the Odyssey's lotus-eaters (The concept of "lotus-eating" is commonly traced back to Homer's Odyssey, in which Odysseus's ship waywardly reaches "the land of the lotus-eaters."). He adds to this stereotype of Italians-as-lazy, suggesting that privileges of wealth afford upper-class members of Rome a "peculiar refinement of bliss" and an "idealized form of loafing." 

In Chapter 5, Rowland compares the New England environment to that of Rome and reflects that, he will not, like Roderick has already done, capitulate to an Italianate idleness.

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