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Umberto Eco

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(1932– ) Italian academic who achieved literary fame with a single novel, The Name of the Rose (1981). Born in Alessandria, Piedmont, Eco studied at Turin University ...

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World Encyclopedia

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..., Umberto ( 1932 – ) Italian writer and academic . He lectured on aesthetics, architecture, visual communications, and semiotics , and his writing is based on these themes. His best-known work is the erudite philosophical thriller The Name of the Rose ( 1981 ). Other novels include Foucault's Pendulum ( 1989 ) and The Island Before Time ( 1994...

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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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..., Umberto ( 1932–2016 ) Italian academic who achieved literary fame with a single novel, The Name of the Rose ( 1981 ). Born in Alessandria, Piedmont, Eco studied at Turin University and devoted his academic career to teaching semiotics and literary theory at Bologna University. His wide-ranging interests embraced James Joyce , medieval philosophy, and pop culture. The Name of the Rose is a murder mystery set in a medieval monastery. It achieved both critical acclaim and huge sales; in 1986 it was turned into a successful film starring Sean Connery ...

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Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

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2008
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Art & Architecture, Philosophy
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...the Middle Ages (New Haven, 1986). Eco, Umberto Opera aperta (1962). Rev. ed. Milan, 1967. Translated by Anna Cancogni as The Open Work (Cambridge, Mass., 1989). Eco, Umberto Apocalittici e integrati (1964). Milan, 1977. Partial translation with other texts edited by Robert Lumley , Apocalypse Postponed (Bloomington, Ind., 1994). Eco, Umberto La definizione dell' arte . Milan, 1968. Eco, Umberto La struttura assente (1968). Milan, 1983. Rewritten as A Theory of Semiotics (Bloomington, Ind., 1976). Eco, Umberto The Role of the Reader:...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (3 ed.)

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..., Umberto ( 1932–2016 ) The well-known Italian author was a prolific and learned writer on the theory of interpretation. He earned his doctorate in 1954 for a thesis on Thomas Aquinas , and the medieval world was a favourite subject, but alongside a career as a journalist Eco developed an academic niche in the study of signs or semiotics, becoming professor at Bologna in 1971 . While sensitive to the position which much postmodern theory accords to the reader, Eco typically drew back from an ‘anything-goes’ approach. He has attacked deconstructionism ...

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Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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..., Vol. 1, by Umberto Eco , pp. 115–229. Milan: Marzorati, 1959. Translated by Hugh Bredin as Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1986). Eco, Umberto , ed. History of Beauty . Translated by Alastair McEwen . New York: Rizzoli, 2004. Eco, Umberto , with Richard Rorty , Jonathan Culler , and Christine Brooke-Rose . Interpretation and Overinterpretation . Edited by Stefan Collini . Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1992. Other Sources Bondanella, Peter . New Essays on Umberto Eco . Cambridge,...

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The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature

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2005
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...during the last twenty years of the 20th c., Eco gained worldwide fame as a novelist. Il nome della rosa ( 1980 ). Il pendolo di Foucault ( 1988 ), L'isola del giorno prima ( 1994 ), and Baudolino ( 2000 ) pick up the playful, parodistic strain which had been already evident in the short journalistic pieces of Diario minimo ( 1963 ), as well as reflecting Eco's interests as a philosopher and semiotician. [ Michael Caesar ] See R. Cotroneo , La diffidenza come sistema (1995); M. Caesar , Umberto Eco: Philosophy, Semiotics and the Work of...

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory

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...as though the unreal is more real than the real. Although Eco doesn't use the word postmodern , the phenomenon he describes is a staple concern of postmodern theorists like Jean Baudrillard . After the publication of The Name of the Rose , Eco more or less abandoned his technical semiotic work and returned to his roots as a medievalist. He wrote big books on ugliness, beauty, and the Knights Templar as well as several more novels and collections of journalisms. Further Reading: M. Caesar Umberto Eco: Philosophy, Semiotics and the Work of Fiction ...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Umberto ( 1932–2016 ) Italian novelist and critic The Name of the Rose [Il nome della rosa] ( 1980 ) Fiction Foucault's Pendulum ( 1988 ) Fiction The Bomb and the General ( 1989 ) Children's Fiction The Three Astronauts ( 1989 ) Children's Fiction Misreadings ( 1993 ) Fiction Short Stories How to Travel with a Salmon, and Other Essays ( 1994 ) Non-Fiction The Island of the Day Before ( 1994 ) Fiction Serendipities: Language and Lunacy ( 1999 ) Non-Fiction Baudolino ( 2002 ) Fiction Mouse or Rat? ( 2003 ) Non-Fiction On...

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Encyclopedia of Semiotics

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2007
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..., Umberto ( b. 1932 ), Italian semiotician and novelist whose writings bear upon a wide range of topics from medieval philosophy and the constraints of interpretation to cultural criticism and the resistance to postmodernism. In the 1950s and 1960s, Eco wrote extensively on medieval aesthetics and avant‐garde practices. He also engaged in cultural criticism in a parodic mode for journals of the Italian avant‐garde, examples of which are found in Misreadings ( 1993 ), and regularly contributed articles on contemporary events to mainstream publications,...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2016
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..., Umberto ( 1932–2016 ) FRSL. Italian semiologist, novelist, and essayist. His critical works include: Thema: omaggio a Joyce ( 1958 : Themes: Homage to Joyce , tape with music by Luciano Berio ), A Theory of Semiotics ( 1975 ), and Serendipities ( 1998 ). His historical mystery novel Il nome della rosa ( 1981 : The Name of the Rose ), concerning a series of murders in a medieval monastery, was an international best‐seller and was subsequently filmed with Sean Connery in the role of the ‘detective’, Brother William of Baskerville. His other novels...

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