The Limits of Interpretation / Edition 1

The Limits of Interpretation / Edition 1

by Umberto Eco
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253208696

ISBN-13: 9780253208699

Pub. Date: 01/01/1991

Publisher: Indiana University Press

"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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253208699
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1991
Series:
Advances in Semiotics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Two Models of Interpretation
2. Unlimited Semiosis and Drift Pragmaticism vs. "Pragmatism"
3. Intentio Lectoris: The State of the Art
4. Small Worlds
5. Interpreting Serials
6. Interpreting Drama
7. Interpreting Animals
8. A Portrait of the Elder as a Young Pliny
9. Joyce, Semiosis, and Semiotics
10. Abduction in Uqbar
11. Pirandello Ridens
12. Fakes and Forgeries
13. Semantics, Pragmatics, and Text Semiotics
14. Presuppositions
15. On Truth: A Fiction

References
Index

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