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Reading Eco: An Anthologyby Rocco Capozzi
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"[READING ECO is a timely indication] of the fruitfulness of perceiving Eco as the same in his metamorphoses. [It also testifies] to a certain price that Eco and his readers must/may pay for the enormous pleasure and intellectual stimulus of being Eco and being with Eco." --The Comparatist
Umberto Eco is, quite simply, a genius. He is a renowned medievalist, philosopher, novelist, a popular journalist, and linguist. He is as warm and witty as he is learned--and quite probably the best-known academic and novelist in the world today. The goal of this anthology is to examine his ideas of literary semiotics and interpretation as evidenced both in his scholarly work and in his fiction.
Book News Annotation:
Examines some of Eco's writings together with secondary sources in order to arrive at a more comprehensive critique of his literary theories and his notions of general semiotics as a cognitive social/cultural practice. Articles on literary semiotics, which comprise the second section, focus primarily on Eco, Peirce, Bakhtin, Greimas, Borges, and Derrida. Part three examines aspects of Eco's fiction.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. -472).
About the Author
Umberto Eco, best known for his novels, The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, and The Island of the Day Before, has also written numerous scholarly books, including A Theory of Semiotics, Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language, The Limits of Interpretation, and Apocalypse Postponed, all from Indiana University Press.
Rocco Capozzi is Professor of Italian at the University of Toronto, where he teaches contemporary literature, literary theories, and semiotics. He has published numerous books in Italian and English.
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