Reading Eco

Reading Eco : An Anthology

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oThe omnivorous range of his ceaselessly roving intelligence over far-reaching epochsNespecailly the twelfth to fourteenth centuries of his Latinate mythopoeic imaginationNvast spaces, including a chimerical seventeenth century South Pacific, and an astonishing variety of topics, Ancient and Modern, brings to mind Dr. Johnson's couplet that could serve as Eco's motto: OLet observation with extensive view / Survey mankind, from China to Peru.OO NThomas A. Sebeok, from the Foreword oWhenever students ask me to give them an idea of what Umberto Eco is OreallyO like, in person, I often follow their inquiry with my own question: what do Augustine, R. Bacon, T.
Aquinas, Templars, Baroque, TV serials like OColombo,O movies like OCasablancaO and the trilogy of OIndiana JonesO; thinkers like Peirce, Bakhtin, Derrida, Foucault, Popper, and Wittengstein; writers like Dante, Poe, Joyce, Borges, Barthes, Lotman; as well as, aesthetics, philosophy, structuralism, semiotics, deconstruction, mass media, Superman, Conan Doyle, esoteric texts, kabbalah, irony, humor, intertextuality, reading the classics, philosophy, comic strips, computers, techniques of writing, and interpreting signs/texts, architecture, libraries, labyrinths, palimpsests, the art of writing bestsellers, Oglobal encyclopedia,O Oinferential walks,O Oopen works,O and 'model readers,O have in common? After a few seconds of silence I end up explaining that this is a partial list of authors, topics, theoris, and isses that Eco can examine, discuss and joke about, with various degrees of authority.O NRocco Capozzi, from the Preface 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. He is 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. The contributors include: Thomas A. Sebeok, Rocco Capozzi, Davis Seed, John Deely, Lubomir Dolezel, Susan Petrilli, Irmengard Rauch, Victorino Tejera, Hanna Buczynska-Garewicz, Michael Riffaterre, Paul Perron, Roberta Kevelson, Anna Longoni, Rocco Capozzi, Teresa De Lauretis, David H. Richter, Peter Bondanella, Thomas Coletti, Linda Hutcheon, Lois Parkinson Zamora, Noram Bouchard, and Claudia Miranda 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.
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  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 41.66mm | 500g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 3 figures
  • 0253332753
  • 9780253332752

About Rocco Capozzi

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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