Apocalypse Postponed

Apocalypse Postponed : Essays by Umberto Eco

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An erudite and witty collection of Umberto Eco's essays on mass culture from the 1960s through the 1980s, including major pieces which have not been translated into English before. The discussion is framed by opposing characterizations of current intellectuals as apocalyptic and opposed to all mass culture, or as integrated intellectuals, so much a part of mass culture as to be unaware of serving it. Organized in four main parts, "Mass Culture: Apocalypse Postponed," "Mass Media and the Limits of Communication," "The Rise and Fall of Counter-Cultures," and "In Search of Italian Genius," Eco looks at a variety of topics and cultural productions, including the world of Charlie Brown, distinctions between highbrow and lowbrow, the future of literacy, Chinese comic strips, whether countercultures exist, Fellini's Ginger and Fred, and the Italian genius industry.show more

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 544.31g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 19 b&w illus.
  • 0253318513
  • 9780253318510
  • 2,000,148

About Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco (1932-2016) was an Italian novelist, medievalist, semiotician, philosopher, and literary critic. He is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Name of The Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of The Day Before, and Baudolino. His collections of essays include Five Moral Pieces, Kant and the Platypus, Serendipities, Travels In Hyperreality, and How To Travel With a Salmon and Other Essays.show more

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An erudite and witty collection of Umberto Eco's essays on mass culture from the 1960s through the 1980s, including major pieces which have not been translated into English before. The discussion is framed by opposing characterizations of current intellectuals as apocalyptic and opposed to all mass culture, or as integrated intellectuals, so much a part of mass culture as to be unaware of serving it. Organized in four main parts, ""Mass Culture: Apocalypse Postponed,"" ""Mass Media and the Limits of Communication,"" ""The Rise and Fall of Counter-Cultures,"" and ""In Search of Italian Genius,"" Eco looks at a variety of topics and cultural productions, including the world of Charlie Brown, distinctions between highbrow and lowbrow, the future of literacy, Chinese comic strips, whether countercultures exist, Fellini's Ginger and Fred, and the Italian genius industry.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction by Robert Lumley Part One: Mass Culture: Apocalypse Postponed 1 Apocalyptic and Integrated Intellectuals: Mass communications and theories of mass culture 2 The World of Charlie Brown 3 Reactions of Apocalyptic and Integrated Intellectuals: Then (1964) 4 Reactions of the Author: Now (1974 and 1977) 5 Orwell, or Concerning Visionary Power 6 The Future of Literacy Part Two: Mass Media and the Limits of Communication 1 Political Language: The use and abuse of rhetoric 2 Does the Audience have Bad Effects on Television? 3 Event as Mise en scene and Life as Scene-setting 4 The Phantom of Neo-TV: The debate on FelliniOs Ginger and Fred Part Three: The Rise and Fall of Counter-cultures 1 Does Counter-culture Exist? 2 The New Forms of Expression 3 On Chinese Comic Strips: Counter-information and alternative information 4 Independent Radio in Italy 5 Striking at the Heart of the State? Part Four: In Search of Italian Genius 1 Phenomena of This Sort Must Also be Included in Any Panorama of Italian Design 2 A Dollar for a Deputy: La Cicciolina 3 For Grace Received 4 The Italian Genius Industry Indexshow more

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