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Six Walks in the Fictional Woods
     

Six Walks in the Fictional Woods

by Umberto Eco
 

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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Eco's six lectures in Harvard's prestigious ``Charles Eliot Norton Lectures'' invite readers to reexamine how they read and how much is expected of them. Eco argues that any actual reader is an empirical reader with a specific personal reading context. As such, each individual reader is only part of the model reader, the author's composite imagined listener. But the individual author, always distinct from the narrator, even a first-person narrator, is also only part of the model author whose stylistic strategies help all empirical readers infer what the characteristics of the model reader are and, circling back, what those of the model author are. Using entertaining anecdotes from serious and popular fiction (Dante, Poe, Nerval, Calvino), cinema, and journalism, Eco ( Misreadings , LJ 5/1/92) scales back the systematizing of his Seventies semiotics and makes reading a commonsense activity, both challenging and titillating. For comprehensive collections in literature.-- Marilyn Gaddis Rose, SUNY-Binghamton
The Atlantic
Erudite, wide-ranging, and slyly humorous...The literary examples Eco employs range from Dante to Dumas, from Sterne to Spillane. His text is thought-provoking, often outright funny, and full of surprising juxtapositions.
Los Angeles Times Book Review

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

Boston Globe

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.
— Robert Taylor

Independent

[This] dashing and stylish series of six lectures...displays Umberto Eco's enviable ability to transform arid semiotics and narrative theory into intellectual entertainment.
— John O'Reilly

Los Angeles Times Book Review - Susan Salter Reynolds
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.
Boston Globe - Robert Taylor
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.
Independent - John O'Reilly
[This] dashing and stylish series of six lectures...displays Umberto Eco's enviable ability to transform arid semiotics and narrative theory into intellectual entertainment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674810501
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
Charles Eliot Norton Lectures Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Umberto Eco was Professor Emeritus at the University of Bologna and the author of many books, including Foucault’s Pendulum.

Brief Biography

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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