The Role of the Reader

The Role of the Reader : Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts

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... not merely interesting and novel, but also exceedingly provocative and heuristically fertile." -The Review of Metaphysics... essential reading for anyone interesting in... the new reader-centered forms of criticism." -Library JournalIn this erudite and imaginative book, Umberto Eco sets forth a dialectic between `open' and `closed' more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 8 b&w photos
  • 025320318X
  • 9780253203182
  • 339,076

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In this collection of nine essays, Umberto Eco sets forth a dialectic between 'open' and 'closed' texts, between a work of art that actively involves the 'addressee' in its production and one that holds the 'addressee' at bay and seeks to evoke a limited and predetermined response. He investigates the contributions of contemporary semantics to the study of narrative, and connects the modalities of textual interpretation with the problem of possible more

Table of contents

PrefaceIntroduction: The Role of the ReaderI. Open1. The Poetics of the Open Work2. The Semantics of Metaphor3. On the Possibility of Generating Aesthetic Messages in an Edenic LanguageII. Closed4. The Myth of Superman5. Rhetoric and Ideology in Sue's Les Mysteres de Paris6. Narrative Structures in FlemingIII. Open/Closed7. Peirce and the Semiotic Foundations of Openness: Signs as Texts and Texts as Signs8. Lector in Fabula: Pragmatic Strategy in a Metanarrative TextAppendix 1Appendix 2Bibliographyshow more

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