Reading Eco: An Anthology

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Indiana University Press, 1997 - Fiction - 476 pages
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"[READING ECO is a timely indication] of the fruitfulness of perceiving Eco as the same in his metamorphoses. [It also testifies] to a certain price that Eco and his readers must/may pay for the enormous pleasure and intellectual stimulus of being Eco and being with Eco." —The Comparatist

Umberto Eco is, quite simply, a genius. He is a renowned medievalist, philosopher, novelist, a popular journalist, and linguist. He is as warm and witty as he is learned—and quite probably the best-known academic and novelist in the world today. The goal of this anthology is to examine his ideas of literary semiotics and interpretation as evidenced both in his scholarly work and in his fiction.

 

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Contents

and PostModern Aesthetics
14
The Open Work in Theory and Practice
73
Looking back on A Theory of Semiotics
82
The Themata of Ecos Semiotics of Literature
111
Openness Eco and the End of Another Millennium
137
Eco Peirce and the Necessity of Interpretation
147
Semiotics and Deconstruction
163
U Eco and AJ Greimas
185
Form and Ideology
256
Give Me Another Horse
276
3b FoucaultsPendulum
285
Gender Silence
300
Ironyclad Foucault
312
Ecos Novels
328
3c The Island of the Day Before
337
Whose Excess of Wonder Is it Anyway?
350

Eco and Dramatology
196
Esoteric Conspiracies and the Interpretative Strategy
210
Interpretation and Overinterpretation
217
Eco and Narcissism
239
Done is the Dove?
362
as Cognitive Strategies in The Island of the Day Before
387
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About the author (1997)

Umberto Eco, best known for his novels, The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, and The Island of the Day Before, has also written numerous scholarly books, including A Theory of Semiotics, Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language, The Limits of Interpretation, and Apocalypse Postponed, all from Indiana University Press.
Rocco Capozzi is Professor of Italian at the University of Toronto, where he teaches contemporary literature, literary theories, and semiotics. He has published numerous books in Italian and English.

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