Umberto Eco: Philosophy, Semiotics and the Work of Fiction (Key Contemporary Thinkers)

Umberto Eco: Philosophy, Semiotics and the Work of Fiction (Key Contemporary Thinkers)

By: Michael Caesar (author)Hardback

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This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the work and thought of Umberto Eco - one of the most important writers in Europe today.

About Author

Michael Caesar is Professor of Italian and Head of Italian Studies at the University of Birmingham.


Acknowledgement ix Note on References x Introduction 1 1 Form, Interpretation and the Open Work 6 On form and interpretation: from Croce to Pareyson 6 Art and rationality 10 The appearance of Opera aperta 15 The poetics of the open work 18 Beyond openness 23 2 A Critical View of Culture: Mass Communications, Politics and the Avant-garde 28 The role of the avant-garde 29 Mass communications and theories of mass culture 37 Television and semiotic guerrilla war 43 Openness and structure 47 3 Introducing the Study of Signs 54 Signals and sense 55 Ambiguity, self-reflexivity and the aesthetic message 64 The critique of iconism 67 Some provisional conclusions on the aesthetic message 69 4 A Theory of Semiotics 76 From La struttura assente to A Theory of Semiotics 76 Communication, code and signification 81 Sign and sign-function 83 Sign production, iconism and the aesthetic message (again) 90 5 Semiotics Bounded and Unbound 100 The boundaries of semiotics 102 The dynamics of semiosis 111 6 Theory and Fiction 120 Readers and worlds Texts 120 7 Secrets, Paranoia and Critical Reading 145 8 Kant, the Platypus and the Horizon 162 Notes 171 Select Bibliography 184 Index 193

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780745608495
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9780745608495
  • weight: 446
  • ISBN10: 0745608493

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