Reading Eco: An Anthology

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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...

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Overview

"[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.

Indiana University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253211163
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Series: Advances in Semiotics Series
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
An introduction to Umberto Eco
Acknowledgments
Pt. I Reading Eco
1.1 Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language 1
1.2 Innovation and Repetition: Between Modern and Post-Modern Aesthetics 14
1.3 Two Problems in Textual Interpretation 34
1.4 Universe of the Mind. A Semiotic Theory of Culture 53
1.5 An Author and his Interpreters 59
Pt. II Readings on Eco. A Pretext to Literary Semiotics and Interpretation
2.1 The Open Work in Theory and Practice 73
2.2 Looking back on A Theory of Semiotics 82
2.3 The Themata of Eco's Semiotics of Literature 111
2.4 Towards Interpretation Semiotics 121
2.5 Openness, Eco, and the End of Another Millennium 137
2.6 Eco, Peirce and the Necessity of Interpretation 147
2.7 Semiotics and Deconstruction 163
2.8 The Interpretant in Literary Semiotics 173
2.9 On Truth and Lying: U. Eco and A. J. Greimas 185
2.10 Eco and Dramatology 196
2.11 Esoteric Conspiracies and the Interpretative Strategy 210
2.12 Interpretation and Overinterpretation. The rights of texts, readers and implied authors 217
Pt. III Reading Eco's Possible Worlds
3.1 Gaudy Rose: Eco and Narcissism 239
3.2 The Mirrored World: Form and Ideology in The Name of the Rose 256
3.3 Give Me Another Horse 276
3.4 Interpretation, Overinterpretation, Paranoid Interpretation and Foucault's Pendulum 285
3.5 Bellydancing: Gender, Silence, and the Women of Foucault's Pendulum 300
3.6 Irony-clad Foucault 312
3.7 The Swing of the 'Pendulum': Eco's Novels 328
3.8 Whose 'Excess of Wonder' Is it Anyway? Reading Eco's Tangle of Hermetic and Pragmatic Semiosis in The Island of the Day Before 350
3.9 "Dove" is the Dove? 362
3.10 Intertextuality, Metaphors and Metafiction as Cognitive Strategies in The Island of the Day Before 387
Pt. IV References
4.1 Notes 407
4.2 Integrated Bibliography 440
4.3 Contributors 473
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