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Umberto Eco: Philosophy, Semiotics and the Work of Fiction

ISBN: 978-0-7456-0849-5
208 pages
August 1999, Polity
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This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the work and thought of Umberto Eco - one of the most important writers in Europe today.
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Acknowledgements.

Note on References.

Introduction.

1. Form, Interpretation and the Open Work.

2. A Critical View of Culture: Mass Communications, Politics and the Avant-garde.

3. Introducing the Study of Signs.

4. A Study of Semiotics.

5. Semiotics Bounded and Unbound.

6. Theory and Fiction.

7. Secrets, Paranoia and Critical Reading.

8. Kant, the Platypus and the Horizon.

Notes.

Select Bibliography.

Index.
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Michael Caesar is Professor of Italian and Head of Italian Studies at the University of Birmingham.
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* One of the first books in English on the work of Umberto Eco - one of Europe's best-known writers and intellectuals.
* A clear and accessible introduction covering the whole range of Eco's work, from his theoretical writings on semiotics to his best-selling novels.
* Assesses the immense influence of Eco's work on contemporary culture.
* One of the first books in English on the work of Umberto Eco - one of Europe's best-known writers and intellectuals.
* A clear and accessible introduction covering the whole range of Eco's work, from his theoretical writings on semiotics to his best-selling novels.
* Assesses the immense influence of Eco's work on contemporary culture.
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"It is a full, clear and authoritative account of Eco's work, with an emphasis on his development as a theorist and in particular his semiotic theory. But it includes a lively discussion of Eco's novels, which teases out their links with the theory most effectively. It shows the remarkable range and coherence of Eco as a writer, and is notably interesting on the ways in which his ideas have evolved in response to a changing cultural environment. Rich in details, cool, well-paced and incisive, it provides an excellent introduction to, as well as a sympathetic critique of, Eco the thinker." David Robey, Department of Italian Studies, Reading University

"This wonderfully lucid and thorough exposition of Eco's major works will be indispensable to scholars and students alike. Michael Caesar explores the interconnectedness of the 'theoretical' and 'narrative' writings with analytical rigour, balancing appreciation with careful criticism. Caesar makes brilliant use of his own reading of the works to discuss the 'role of the reader', showing the limits as well as the possibilities in Eco's approach to texts." Robert Lumley, Director of the Centre for Italian Studies, University College, London

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