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In this exhilarating book, we accompany Umberto Eco as he explores the intricacies of fictional form and method. Using examples ranging from fairy tales and Flaubert, Poe and Mickey Spillane, Eco draws us in by means of a novelist's techniques, making us his collaborators in the creation of his text and in the investigation of some of fiction's most basic mechanisms.

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"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." Atlantic Monthly

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." Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"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." Boston Globe

Review:

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

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Umberto Eco teaches at the University of Bologna and is the author of many books, including Theory of Semiotics, The Role of the Reader, and The Open Work, as well as the best-selling novels The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum.

Table of Contents

1. Entering The Woods

2. The Woods Of Loisy

3. Lingering In The Woods

4. Possible Woods

5. The Strange Case Of The Rue Servandoni

6. Fictional Protocols

Notes

Index

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Felicity, September 14, 2007 (view all comments by Felicity)
Nominally a book about reading, this collection of six lectures by Umberto Eco also yields insight into writing. These lecture-essays are philosophical and thought-provoking, but also made me guffaw in public more times than I'd like to admit. Eco uses literary examples from Alexandre Dumas, Gérard de Nerval and Gustave Flaubert, but also from Ian Fleming and Agatha Christie. In these pages, he considers the way fiction manipulates us, the way we use fiction, and even the ways we expect or force our world to conform to narrative. Fascinating and delightful.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780674810518
Author:
Eco, Umberto
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
History, criticism and surveys
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Fiction
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
European
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures
Series Volume:
2016
Publication Date:
July 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 line illustrations
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in 6 oz

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Product details 160 pages Harvard University Press - English 9780674810518 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "[This] dashing and stylish series of six lectures...displays Umberto Eco's enviable ability to transform arid semiotics and narrative theory into intellectual entertainment."
"Synopsis" by , 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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