Six Walks in the Fictional Woodsby Umberto Eco
In this exhilarating book, companion and guide Umberto Eco--bestselling author of The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum--explores the intricacies of fictional form and method. Eco makes readers his collaborators in the creation of his text and the investigation of fiction's mechanisms. 14 illustrations.
Reading [these chapters] is indeed like wandering in the woods...They might in fact be called, more prosaically, "How to Be a Good Reader," for Eco, in his incredibly manipulative way, has you eating out of his hand by the end of them.
Susan Salter Reynolds
The dim boundary between the imaginary and the real is Eco's home terrain...He is a foxy gamesman, using enchanted woods as a flexible image for narrative texts, and mustering a playful array of allusions from The Three Musketeers to the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
[This] dashing and stylish series of six lectures...displays Umberto Eco's enviable ability to transform arid semiotics and narrative theory into intellectual entertainment.
Meet the Author
Umberto Eco was Professor Emeritus at the University of Bologna and the author of many books, including Foucault’s Pendulum.
- Bologna, Italy
- Date of Birth:
- January 5, 1932
- Date of Death:
- February 19, 2016
- Place of Birth:
- Alessandria, Italy
- Ph.D., University of Turin, 1954
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