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Umberto Eco : philosophy, semiotics, and the work of fiction

Author: Michael Caesar
Publisher: Cambridge, UK : Polity Press ; Oxford, UK ; Malden, MA : Blackwell Publishers, 1999.
Series: Key contemporary thinkers (Cambridge, England)
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"Caesar retraces the development of Eco's thought and its impact on literary studies, aesthetics, philosophy and semiotics. He shows how, throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Eco elaborated his theory of art, bringing together medieval aesthetics, the modernist avant-garde and his interest in the mass media. He discusses Eco's attempts to synthesize a general theory of signification and communication which would embrace  Read more...
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Named Person: Umberto Eco; Umberto Eco; Umberto Eco
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Caesar
ISBN: 0745608493 9780745608495 0745608507 9780745608501
OCLC Number: 40805449
Description: viii, 198 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Form, interpretation and the open work --
A critical view of culture : mass communications, politics and the avant-garde --
Introducing the study of signs --
A theory of semiotics --
Semiotics bounded and unbound --
Theory and fiction --
Secrets, paranoia and critical reading --
Kant, the platypus and the horizon.
Series Title: Key contemporary thinkers (Cambridge, England)
Responsibility: Michael Caesar.
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"Caesar retraces the development of Eco's thought and its impact on literary studies, aesthetics, philosophy and semiotics. He shows how, throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Eco elaborated his theory of art, bringing together medieval aesthetics, the modernist avant-garde and his interest in the mass media. He discusses Eco's attempts to synthesize a general theory of signification and communication which would embrace both popular and mass culture - attempts which culminated in A Theory of Semiotics." "Caesar also examines Eco's emergence as a novelist and explores his theories of reading and interpretation. The book concludes with an analysis of the themes addressed in Eco's Kant and the Platypus." "This study will appeal to students of literature, philosophy and cultural studies."--Jacket.

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