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Umberto Eco and the Open Text : Semiotics, Fiction, Popular Culture - Peter Bondanella

Umberto Eco and the Open Text

Semiotics, Fiction, Popular Culture

Hardcover Published: 13th April 1997
ISBN: 9780521442008
Number Of Pages: 236

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Umberto Eco is known among academics for his literary and cultural theories, and to an enormous international audience through his novels The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum. Peter Bondanella offers the first comprehensive study in English of Eco's works. In clear and accessible language, he traces the development of Eco's interests, from medieval aesthetics to semiotics to popular culture, and shows how Eco's own fiction grows out of his literary and cultural theories. Bondanella also provides a full bibliography of works by and about Eco, arguably the most famous Italian writer since Dante.

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"Peter Bondanella's Umberto Eco and the Open Text, an extremely intelligent, well-researched monograph and the most lucid study on Umberto Eco to date, was certainly well worth the wait. Peter Bondanella's study of Umberto Eco is a invaluable guide for anyone who wishes to understand and appreciate one of the wittiest and most erudite, intelligent, and entertaining intellectuals of our time." Rocco Capozzi, World Literature Today "Bondanella's book amounts to a masterful sketch of Italian and Western intellectual history from the early 1950's to the present." The Comparatist

Umberto Eco-s intellectual origins: medieval aesthetics, publishing and mass media
The open work, misreadings, and modernist aesthetics
Cultural theory and popular culture: from structuralism to semiotics
From semiotics to narrative theory in a decade of radical social change
-To make truth laugh-: postmodern theory and practice in The Name of the Rose
Interpretation, overinterpretation, paranoid interpretation, and Foucault-s Pendulum
Inferential strolls and narrative shipwrecks: Six Walks and The Island of the Day Before
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ISBN: 9780521442008
ISBN-10: 0521442001
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 13th April 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.48 x 14.81  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.41