The Limits of Interpretation

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Indiana University Press, Jan 1, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 295 pages
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"Eco's essays read like letters from a friend, trying to share something he loves with someone he likes.... Read this brilliant, enjoyable, and possibly revolutionary book." —George J. Leonard, San Francisco Review of Books

"... a wealth of insight and instruction." —J. O. Tate, National Review

"If anyone can make [semiotics] clear, it's Professor Eco.... Professor Eco's theme deserves respect; language should be used to communicate more easily without literary border guards." —The New York Times

"The limits of interpretation mark the limits of our world. Umberto Eco's new collection of essays touches deftly on such matters." —Times Literary Supplement

"It is a careful and challenging collection of essays that broach topics rarely considered with any seriousness by literary theorists." —Diacritics

Umberto Eco focuses here on what he once called "the cancer of uncontrolled interpretation"—that is, the belief that many interpreters have gone too far in their domination of texts, thereby destroying meaning and the basis for communication.

  

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Umberto Eco. Fue un gran escritor, todos sus libros son magnificos de leer. Ahunque nadie lo sabe,Eco nacio en Cuba, pero cuando joven, el emigro a Italia y se educo, luego tomo la ciudadania Italiana y tomo este nombre.

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This book is a collection of 15 essays grouped around the subject: "Is there any limitation to how a reader may interpret a text?" Eco's answer is "yes." If nothing else, one may find -- not always ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Two Models of Interpretation
8
Pragmaticism vs Pragmatism
23
The State of the Art
44
Small Worlds
64
Interpreting Serials
83
Interpreting Drama
101
Interpreting Animals
111
Abduction in Uqbar
152
Pirandello Ridens
163
Fakes and Forgeries
174
Semantics Pragmatics and Text Semiotics
203
Presuppositions
222
A Fiction
263
REFERENCES
283
INDEX
292

A Portrait of the Elder as a Young Pliny
123
Joyce Semiosis and Semiotics
137

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About the author (1994)

Umberto Eco was born in Alessandria, Italy on January 5, 1932. He received a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Turin in 1954. His first book, Il Problema Estetico in San Tommaso, was an extension of his doctoral thesis on St. Thomas Aquinas and was published in 1956. His first novel, The Name of the Rose, was published in 1980 and won the Premio Strega and the Premio Anghiar awards in 1981. His other works include Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, and The Prague Cementary.

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