The Role of the Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts

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Indiana University Press, 1984 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 273 pages
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"... not merely interesting and novel, but also exceedingly provocative and heuristically fertile." —The Review of Metaphysics

"... essential reading for anyone interesting in... the new reader-centered forms of criticism." —Library Journal

In this erudite and imaginative book, Umberto Eco sets forth a dialectic between ‘open’ and ‘closed’ texts.

  

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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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