Umberto Eco and the Open Text: Semiotics, Fiction, Popular Culture

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 3, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 218 pages
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Umberto Eco is Italy's most famous living intellectual, known among academics for his literary and cultural theories, and to an enormous international audience through his novels, The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum and The Island of the Day Before. Umberto Eco and the Open Text is the first comprehensive study in English of Eco's work. In clear and accessible language, Peter Bondanella considers not only Eco's most famous texts, but also many occasional essays not yet translated into English. Tracing Eco's intellectual development from early studies in medieval aesthetics to seminal works on popular culture, postmodern fiction, and semiotic theory, he shows how Eco's own fiction grows out of his literary and cultural theories. Bondanella cites all texts in English, and provides a full bibliography of works by and about Eco.
 

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Contents

medieval aesthetics publishing and mass media
1
two The Open Work Misreadings and modernist aesthetics
19
from structuralism to semiotics
41
four From semiotics to narrative theory in a decade of radical social change
67
postmodern theory and practice in The Name of the Rose
93
six Interpretation overinterpretation paranoid interpretation and Foucaults Pendulum
126
Six Walks and The Island of the Day Before
154
eight conclusion
192
Bibliography
200
Index
213
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