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Eco, Umberto

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Most widely held works by Umberto Eco
The name of the rose by Umberto Eco( Book )

972 editions published between 1980 and 2019 in 16 languages and held by 9,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. His delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror. The body of one monk is found in a cask of pigs' blood, another is floating in a bathhouse, still another is crushed at the foot of a cliff. Brother William turns detective, and a uniquely deft one at that. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon - all sharpened to a glistening edge by his wry humor and ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where "the most interesting things happen at night." As Brother William goes about unraveling the mystery of what happens at the abbey by day and by night, readers step into a brilliant re-creation of the fourteenth century, with its herbal smells and dazzling architectural sights, its dark superstitions and wild prejudices, its hidden passions and sordid intrigues... A gloriously rich blending of thriller and Gothic novel, intellectual fireworks and storytelling virtuosity"--
Foucault's pendulum by Umberto Eco( Book )

428 editions published between 1980 and 2018 in 15 languages and held by 5,542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three editors conspire to devise a plan of their own about European history. As they feed all the information into their computer, they think it is a terrific joke--until people begin to mysteriously disappear
Baudolino by Umberto Eco( Book )

229 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in 24 languages and held by 3,856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As always with Eco, this novel includes dazzling digressions, outrageous tricks, pages of extraordinary feeling and poetry, and vicarious reflections on our postmodern age. Baudolino is a marvellous tale by the author of 'The Name of the Rose'
The limits of interpretation by Umberto Eco( )

150 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 3,724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essais écrits dans la seconde moitié des années 1980. La littérature est soumise à la question, à travers des oeuvres de Dante, Leopardi, Joyce et Eco lui-même
The island of the day before by Umberto Eco( Book )

185 editions published between 1994 and 2018 in 16 languages and held by 3,658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A panoramic historical novel set in the seventeenth century follows a young aristocrat who goes to sea to find love and an old Jesuit with a boundless scientific knowledge
The Prague cemetery by Umberto Eco( Book )

152 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in 11 languages and held by 3,604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"19th-century Europe--from Turin to Prague to Paris--abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. In Italy, republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. In France, during the Paris Commune, people eat mice, plan bombings and rebellions in the streets, and celebrate Black Masses. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating conspiracies and even massacres. There are false beards, false lawyers, false wills, even false deaths. From the Dreyfus Affair to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Jews are blamed for everything. One man connects each of these threads into a massive crazy-quilt conspiracy within conspiracies. Here, he confesses all, thanks to Umberto Eco's ingenious imagination--a thrill-ride through the underbelly of actual, world-shattering events. "
The role of the reader : explorations in the semiotics of texts by Umberto Eco( )

65 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in English and held by 3,317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essays in this book focus on the role of the reader in textual interpretation. Specifically, they examine "open" and "closed" texts. The three essays in Part I deal with both verbal and nonverbal texts. The first considers musical compositions that leave considerable autonomy to the individual performer and also discusses the phenomenon of the "unfinished work" in contemporary art and aesthetic theory. The second and third essays examine how the procedures of aesthetic manipulation of language produce the interpretive cooperation of the addressee. Closed texts are represented by examples from popular culture in the three essays in Part ii. These examine the sociopolitical assumptions implicit in Superman comic books, the relationship between rhetoric and ideology in the fiction of Eugene Sue, and the narrative structure in Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. The two essays in Part iii provide a theoretical framework for understanding the semiotic strategies of open and closed texts. The first investigates the contributions of contemporary semantics to the study of narrative; the second connects the modalities of textual interpretation with the problem of possible worlds and discusses a story by Alphonse Allais. Appendixes contain an empirical test of the Model Reader as a textual construct and excerpts from "a Most Parisian Episode" by Alphonse Allais. (Fl)
Serendipities : language & lunacy by Umberto Eco( )

50 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 3,279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Umberto Eco's latest work unlocks the riddles of history in an exploration of the "linguistics of the lunatic," stories told by scholars, scientists, poets, fanatics, and ordinary people in order to make sense of the world. Exploring the "Force of the False," Eco uncovers layers of mistakes that have shaped human history, such as Columbus's assumption that the world was much smaller than it is, leading him to seek out a quick route to the East via the West and thus fortuitously "discovering" America. In a careful unveiling of the fabulous and the false, Eco shows us how serendipities - unanticipated truths - often spring from mistaken ideas. From Leibniz's belief that the I Ching illustrated the principles of calculus to Marco Polo's mistaking a rhinoceros for a unicorn, Eco tours the labyrinth of intellectual history, illuminating the ways in which we project the familiar onto the strange
How to write a thesis by Umberto Eco( Book )

184 editions published between 1976 and 2019 in 6 languages and held by 2,892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Eco's approach is anything but dry and academic. He not only offers practical advice but also considers larger questions about the value of the thesis-writing exercise. How to Write a Thesis is unlike any other writing manual. It reads like a novel. It is opinionated. It is frequently irreverent, sometimes polemical, and often hilarious. Eco advises students how to avoid "thesis neurosis" and he answers the important question "Must You Read Books?" He reminds students "You are not Proust" and "Write everything that comes into your head, but only in the first draft." Of course, there was no Internet in 1977, but Eco's index card research system offers important lessons about critical thinking and information curating for students of today who may be burdened by Big Data."--Publisher's description
The mysterious flame of Queen Loana : an illustrated novel by Umberto Eco( Book )

123 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in 15 languages and held by 2,738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Having suffered a complete loss of memory regarding every aspect of his identity, Yambo withdraws to a family home outside of Milan, where he sorts through boxes of old records and experiences memories in the form of a graphic novel
A theory of semiotics by Umberto Eco( Book )

192 editions published between 1971 and 2018 in 9 languages and held by 2,552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The aim of this book is to explore the theoretical possibility and the social function of a unified approach to every phenomenon of signification and/or communication. Such an approach should take the form of a general semiotic theory, able to explain every case of sign-function in terms of underlying systems of elements mutually correlated by one or more codes."--Page 3
The Sign of three : Dupin, Holmes, Peirce by Umberto Eco( )

25 editions published between 1983 and 1988 in English and held by 2,501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the medieval theory of signs by Umberto Eco( )

23 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 2,197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the course of the long debate on the nature and the classification of signs, from Boethius to Ockham, there are at least three lines of thought: the Stoic heritage, that influences Augustine, Abelard, Francis Bacon; the Aristotelian tradition, stemming from the commentaries on De Interpretatione; the discussion of the grammarians, from Priscian to the Modistae. Modern interpreters are frequently misled by the fact that the various authors regularly used the same terms. Such a homogeneous terminology, however, covers profound theoretical differences. The aim of these essays is to show that t
Numero zero by Umberto Eco( Book )

72 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in 10 languages and held by 2,068 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the best-selling author of The Name of the Rose and The Prague Cemetery, a novel about the murky world of media politics, conspiracy, and murder. A newspaper committed to blackmail and mud slinging, rather than reporting the news. A paranoid editor, walking through the streets of Milan, reconstructing fifty years of history against the backdrop of a plot involving the cadaver of Mussolini's double. The murder of Pope John Paul I, the CIA, red terrorists handled by secret services, twenty years of bloodshed, and events that seem outlandish until the BBC proves them true. A fragile love story between two born losers, a failed ghost writer, and a vulnerable girl, who specializes in celebrity gossip yet cries over the second movement of Beethoven's Seventh. And then a dead body that suddenly appears in a back alley in Milan. Set in 1992 and foreshadowing the mysteries and follies of the following twenty years, Numero Zero is a scintillating take on our times from the best-selling author of The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum"--
Art and beauty in the Middle Ages by Umberto Eco( Book )

82 editions published between 1986 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 2,062 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this authoritative, lively book, the celebrated Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco presents a learned summary of medieval aesthetic ideas. Juxtaposing theology and science, poetry and mysticism, Eco explores the relationship that existed between the aesthetic theories and the artistic experience and practice of medieval culture. -- Publisher's website
The open work by Umberto Eco( Book )

169 editions published between 1962 and 2016 in 12 languages and held by 2,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than twenty years after its original appearance in Italian, The Open Work remains significant for its powerful concept of "openness"--the artist's decision to leave arrangements of some constituents of a work to the public or to chance--and for its striking anticipation of two major themes of contemporary literary theory: the element of multiplicity and plurality in art, and the insistence on literary response as an interactive process between reader and text. The questions Umberto Eco raises, and the answers he suggests, are intertwined in the continuing debate on literature, art, and culture in general.This entirely new edition, edited for the English-language audience with the approval of Eco himself, includes an authoritative introduction by David Robey that explores Eco's thought at the period of The Open Work, prior to his absorption in semiotics. The book now contains key essays on Eco's mentor Luigi Pareyson, on television and mass culture, and on the politics of art. Harvard University Press will publish separately and simultaneously the extended study of James Joyce that was originally part of The Open Work, entitled The Aesthetics of Chaosmos: The Middle Ages of James Joyce. The Open Work explores a set of issues in aesthetics that remain central to critical theory, and does so in a characteristically vivid style. Eco's convincing manner of presenting ideas and his instinct for the lively example are threaded compellingly throughout. This book is at once a major treatise in modern aesthetics and an excellent introduction to Eco's thought
The search for the perfect language by Umberto Eco( Book )

107 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 2,004 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encyclopédique enquête tant sur la langue initiale avant Babel que sur les tentatives de créer une langue idéale (et unique) après ce chaos. Suivant la trame historique, d'Adam à l'espéranto, l'auteur, volubile et généreux, nous entraîne dans une entreprise culturelle ahurissante
From the tree to the labyrinth : historical studies on the sign and interpretation by Umberto Eco( )

14 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The way we create and organize knowledge is the theme of From the Tree to the Labyrinth, a major achievement by one of the world's foremost thinkers on language and interpretation. Umberto Eco begins by arguing that our familiar system of classification by genus and species derives from the Neo-Platonist idea of a 'tree of knowledge.' He then moves to the idea of the dictionary, which -- like a tree whose trunk anchors a great hierarchy of branching categories -- orders knowledge into a matrix of definitions. In Eco's view, though, the dictionary is too rigid: it turns knowledge into a closed system. A more flexible organizational scheme is the encyclopedia, which - instead of resembling a tree with finite branches -- offers a labyrinth of never-ending pathways. Presenting knowledge as a network of interlinked relationships, the encyclopedia sacrifices humankind's dream of possessing absolute knowledge, but in compensation we gain the freedom to pursue an infinity of new connections and meanings. Moving effortlessly from analyses of Aristotle and James Joyce to the philosophical difficulties of telling dogs from cats, Eco demonstrates time and again his inimitable ability to bridge ancient, medieval, and modern modes of thought. From the Tree to the Labyrinth is a brilliant illustration of Eco's longstanding argument that problems of interpretation can be solved only in historical context."--Publisher's description
Semiotics and the philosophy of language by Umberto Eco( Book )

102 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language comprehends the entire tradition of the doctrine of signs, threading its way through the symbolic and allegorical readings of the Holy Scriptures, the varying insights of the fields of philosophy and rhetoric, and into (and out of) the various positions of modern literary criticism. Individual chapters are devoted to the nature of signs; the theory of definition; the cognitive function of metaphors and symbols; mirror images, painting, film, and television; and the role of inference in the interpretation of texts"--Jacket
History of beauty by Umberto Eco( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in English and held by 1,782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: What is beauty? What is art? What is taste and fashion? Is beauty something to be observed coolly and rationally or is it something dangerously involving? So begins Umberto Eco's intriguing journey into the aesthetics of beauty, in which he explores the ever-changing concept of the beautiful from the ancient Greeks to today. While closely examining the development of the visual arts and drawing on works of literature from each era, Eco broadens his enquiries to consider a range of concepts, including the idea of love, the unattainable woman, natural inspiration versus numeric formulas, and the continuing importance of ugliness, cruelty, and even the demonic. Professor Eco takes us from classical antiquity to the present day, dispelling many preconceptions along the way and concluding that the relevance of his research is urgent because we live in an age of great reverence for beauty, "an orgy of tolerance, the total syncretism and the absolute and unstoppable polytheism of Beauty." In this, his first illustrated book, Professor Eco offers a layered approach that includes a running narrative, abundant examples of painting and sculpture, and excerpts from writers and philosophers of each age, plus comparative tables. A true road map to the idea of beauty for any reader who wishes to journey into this wonderful realm with Eco's nimble mind as guide
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The name of the rose
Foucault's pendulumBaudolinoThe limits of interpretationThe island of the day beforeThe Prague cemeteryThe role of the reader : explorations in the semiotics of textsSerendipities : language & lunacyHow to write a thesis
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Aike, Anbotuo

Aike, Anbotuo 1932-2016


Dedalus 1932-

Dedalus 1932-2016

Dedalus 1932-2016 Schriftsteller

Dedalus Schriftsteller 1932-2016

Eco, H. 1932-2016

Eco, Humberto

Eco, Humberto 1932-

Eco, Humberto 1932-2016

Eco U.

Eco U. 1932-2016

Eco Umberto

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Eko, Humberto, 1932-2016

Eko, O. 1932-2016

Eko Oumperto

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Eko U.

Ėko, U. 1932-2016

Ėko, Umberto

Eko, Umberto 1932-

Ėko, Umberto 1932-2016

Humbertus Eco

Iīkū, Ūmbirtū 1932-

Iīkū, Ūmbirtū, 1932-2016

Īkū, Umbartū, 1932-2016

Īkū, Ūmbirtū 1932-

Īkū, Umbirtū 1932-2016

Iykū, Umbirtū 1932-

Iykū, Umbirtū, 1932-2016

Umberto Eco

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Umberto Eco escritor y filósofo italiano

Umberto Eco Famoso filósofo e escritor italiano

Umberto Eco itaalia semiootik ja kirjanik

Umberto Eco Itala semiotikisto (1932-)

Umberto Eco Itala semiotikisto, filozofo, kaj romanisto (1932–)

Umberto Eco Italiaans filosoof

Umberto Eco italialainen kirjailija

Umberto Eco Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist

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Umberto Eco italiensk författare

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Umberto Eco semiologo, filosofo e scrittore italiano

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Umberto Eco universitaire, sémioticien, érudit, traducteur, philosophe et romancier italien

Umberto Eco włoski filozof i pisarz

Umberto Eco Yachay wayllukuq wan qillqaq (Italya)

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Umbertu Ecu

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Еко У. 1932-2016

Умберта Эка

Умберто Еко

Умберто Еко италиански писател и семиотик

Умберто Еко італійський науковець, семіотик, письменник

Умберто Эко

Умберто Эко итальянский учёный-философ, историк-медиевист, специалист по семиотике, писатель

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Эко У.

Эко, У 1932-

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Эко Умберто

Эко, Умберто 1932-

Эко, Умберто 1932-2016

Эко, Умберто итальянский учёный-философ, историк-медиевист, специалист по семиотике, писатель

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אקו, אומברטו 1932-

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اكو، أمبيرتو

إكو، أمبيرتو، 1932-

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اومبرتو اکو فیلسوف و رمان نویس ایتالیایی

اومبئرتو ائکو

ايكو، أمبرتو

إيكو، أمبرتو، 1932-

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에코, 엄베르토 1932-2016

에코, 움베르토

에코, 움베르토 1932-2016

움베르토 에코

ウンベルト・エーコ イタリアの記号論哲学者、小説家、中世研究者、文芸評論家

エ-コ, ウンベルト 1932-2016

エーコ, U.

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