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Interpretation and Overinterpretation by Umberto Eco

The limits of interpretation—what a text can actually be said to mean—are of double interest to a semiotician whose own novels' intriguing complexity has provoked his readers into intense speculation as to their meaning. Eco's illuminating and frequently hilarious discussion ranges from Dante to The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, to Chomsky and Derrida, and bears all the hallmarks of his inimitable personal style. Three of the world's leading figures in philosophy, literary theory and criticism take up the challenge of entering into debate with Eco on the question of interpretation. Richard Rorty, Jonathan Culler and Christine Brooke-Rose each add a distinctive perspective on this contentious topic, contributing to a unique exchange of ideas among some of the foremost and most exciting theorists in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521425544
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/05/1992
Series: Tanner Lectures in Human Values Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Hometown:

Bologna, Italy

Date of Birth:

January 5, 1932

Date of Death:

February 19, 2016

Place of Birth:

Alessandria, Italy

Education:

Ph.D., University of Turin, 1954

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