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Umberto Eco

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April 2005 | 1 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Umberto Eco is arguably best known for his novel The Name of the Rose yet there is much more to him than simply being an exemplary novelist. Semiotician, literary and media critic, philosopher and historian, Umberto Eco is one of the greatest and most original thinkers working today. He has contributed to many fields and is one of a handful of writers who can claim to be a key public intellectual in Europe. This has made it extraordinarily difficult for commentators to place him in the Western tradition of social thought. This is especially so, because there is a playful quality in his work, exemplified above all by his use of skills and techniques from semiotics, the philosophy of language, medieval life and thought and aesthetics and techniques that he employed to great affect in The Name of the Rose. He has also made seminal contributions in thinking on postmodern developments in culture and epistemology.

This collection provides an unrivalled overview of his writings and includes a selection from considerations of his contribution to semiotics, literary theory, philosophy of language, the analysis of fiction and narratives, his novels, his critiques of mass culture and communication and his contributions to the theory of laughter, politics and ethics. The result is the most complete assessment of Eco's contribution and its impact on social, cultural and critical thought.

Mike Gane is Professor of Sociology at the University of Loughborough; Nicholas Gane is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Communications at Brunel University, London.

 
VOLUME ONE
 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION: ECO AND SELECTED OTHER WRITERS
Norma Bouchard
Critical versus Fatal Theory
Umberto Eco contra Jean Baudrillard  
Peter Bondanella
Italo Calvino and Umberto Eco
Postmodern Masters  
Jean-Pierre Rondas
Steeled in the School of Old Acquinas
Umberto Eco on the Shoulders of Edgar de Bruyn  
 
PART TWO: SEMIOTICS
Scott Simpkins
Reeling in the Signs
Unlimited Semiosis and the Agenda of Literary Semiotics  
Mieke Bal
The Predicament of Semiotics
Patrick Colm Hogan
The Limits of Semiotics
Flip G Droste
The Complexity of the Sign-Giving Process
In the Wake of C S Pierce and U Eco  
Tarja Knuuttila
Is Representation Really in Crisis?
 
PART THREE: NARRATION, FORM, INTERPRETATION, READING
Lubomir Dolezel
Eco and His Model Reader
William Ray
Umberto Eco
The Reading Process as Code-Structure  
Oscar S Kenshur
Fragments and Order
Two Modern Theories of Discontinuous Form  
Richard Rorty
The Pragmatist's Progress
Peter Lamarque
Marks and Noises and Interpretations
 
PART FOUR: LITERARY CRITICISM AND TEXTUAL ANALYSES
Guy P Raffa
Eco and Calvino Reading Dante
Carolyn P Collette
Umberto Eco, Semiotics and the Merchant's Tale
John Simons
Open and Closed Books
A Semiotic Approach to the History of Elizabethan and Jacobean Popular Romance  
Robert L Caserio
The Name of the Horse
Hard Times, Semiotics and the Supernatural  
Ann Davies
Who is the Model Reader of Delibes's Cinco Horas Con Mario?
Corinna Del Greco Lobner
Quincunxial Sherlockholmesing in 'Grace'
Herman van der Heide
On the Contribution of Umberto Eco to Joyce Criticism
Tony Bennett and Janet Woollacott
Reading Bond
Allan Luke
Open and Closed Texts
The Ideological/Semantic Analysis of Textbook Narratives  
Heidi Strebel
Eco's Stopwatch and Narrative Time in Puig, Jean-Renaud Camus and Calvino
 
PART FIVE: THEORETICAL FICTIONS: INTRODUCING ECO'S NOVELS
Guy P Raffa
Walking and Swimming with Umberto Eco
Thomas J Rice
Mapping the Complexity in the Fiction of Umberto Eco
 
VOLUME TWO
 
PART SIX: THE NAME OF THE ROSE
 
A: Semiotic Analysis
JoAnn Cannon
Semiotics and Conjecture in Il nome della rosa
David Richter
Eco's Echoes
Semiotic Theory and Detective Practice in The Name of the Rose  
Werner H llen
Semiotics narrated: Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose
Helen Bennett
Sign and De-Sign: Medieval and Modern Semiotics
 
B: Textual Strategies
Walter Stephens
Ec(h)o in Fabula
Steven Sallis
Naming the Rose
Readers and Codes in Umberto Eco's Novel  
Elizabeth Dipple
A Novel, Which Is a Machine for Generating Interpretations
Umberto Eco and The Name of the Rose  
Rocco Capozzi
Palimpsests and Laughter
The Dialogical Pleasure of Unlimited Intertextuality in The Name of the Rose  
 
C: The Historical Novel
Carl Rubino
The Invisible Worm
Ancients and Moderns in The Name of the Rose  
Laurel Brasswell
Meta-Psychomachia in Eco's The Name of the Rose
Adele Haft, Jane White and Robert White
Umberto Eco, Semiotics and Medieval Thought
Theresa Coletti
'Eco, Sign Theory and the Middle Ages', chapter 1 of Naming the Rose
Eco, Medieval Sign and Modern Theory  
 
D: Maps and Mazes
D B Jewson
The Architecture of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose
Adele Haft
Maps, Mazes and Monsters
Rochelle Sibley
Aspects of the Labyrinth
 
E: Gender and Difference
Thomas Frentz
Resurrecting the Feminine in The Name of the Rose
Enzo Neppi
Love and Difference in The Name of the Rose
Teresa De Lauretis
Gaudy Rose
Eco and Narcissism  
 
F: Postmodern Themes
Mark Parker
The Name of the Rose as a Postmodern Novel
Brian McHale
The (post)modernism of The Name of the Rose
 
G: Other Authors and Novels
Evelyn Cobley
Closure and Infinite Semiosis in Mann's Doctor Faustus and Eco's The Name of the Rose
Christine de Laihacar
The Mirror and Encyclopedia
Borgesian Codes in Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose  
Deborah Parker
The Literature of Appropriation
Eco's Use of Borges in Il nome della rosa  
Leo Corry
Jorge Borges, Author of The Name of the Rose
Leon Golden
Eco's Reconstruction of Aristotle's Theory of Comedy in The Name of the Rose
 
VOLUME THREE
 
PART EIGHT: FOUCAULT'S PENDULUM
William Weaver
Pendulum Diary
Linda Hutcheon
Eco's Echoes
Ironizing the (Post)modern  
Victoria V. Vernon
The Demonics of 'True' Belief
Treacherous Texts, Blasphemous Interpretations, and Murderous Readers  
JoAnn Cannon
The Imaginary Universe of Umberto Eco
A Reading of Foucault's Pendulum  
Norma Bouchard
Critifictional Epistemes in Contemporary Literature
The Case of Foucault's Pendulum  
Robert Phiddian
Foucault's Pendulum and the Text of Theory
 
PART EIGHT: OTHER NOVELS
Norma Bouchard
Umberto Eco's L'isola del giorno prima
Postmodern Theory and Fictional Praxis  
Jos[ac]e Sanjin[ac]es
Baroque Shores of Eco's The Island of the Day Before
Joris Vlasselaers
The Island of the Day Before
A Quest for the Semiotic Construction of a Self  
Cristina Farronato
Umberto Eco's Baudolino and the Language of Monsters
 
PART NINE: CULTURE, COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA
Gary Genosko
Umberto Eco's Model of Communication
Virginia H. Fry
A Juxtapostion of Two Abductions for Studying Communication and Culture
David Robey
Umberto Eco
The Theory and Practice of the Media  
Virgina Fry and Donald H Fry
Reconceptualizing the Encoding and Decoding 'Moments' of the Mass Communication Process
Nick Perry
Post-Picture and Ec(h)o Effects
Vanna Motta
Eco's Discovery of America or Travelling the Postmodern Way
Maurizio Rebandengo
Between Shelves and Columns
Scattered Fragments of a Semiotic Discourse  
 
PART TEN: GENDER
Teresa de Lauretis
Semiosis and Experience
Mary Wilson Carpenter
Eco, Oedipus and the 'View' from the University
 
PART ELEVEN: HUMOUR
Cristina Farronatto
A Theory of Medieval Laughter
The Comic, Humour and Wit  
Liberat Santoro-Brienza
Eco Ridens
 
PART TWELVE: PHILOSOPHY
Bernard Williams
The Riddle of Umberto Eco
Simon Blackburn
Professor Whatever
 
PART THIRTEEN: ETHICS
Arnold Burns
Religion and Ethics
The Eco-Martini Exchange  
Svetlana Buym
Conspiracy Theories and Literary Ethics
Umberto Eco, Danilo Kis and the Protocols of Zion  

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