The Role of the Reader: Explorations In The Semiotics Of Texts

by Umberto Eco

Indiana University Press | July 22, 1979 | Trade Paperback

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"... not merely interesting and novel, but also exceedingly provocative and heuristically fertile." -The Review of Metaphysics

"... essential reading for anyone interesting in... the new reader-centered forms of criticism." -Library Journal

In this erudite and imaginative book, Umberto Eco sets forth a dialectic between ''open'' and ''closed'' texts.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.27 in

Published: July 22, 1979

Publisher: Indiana University Press

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ISBN - 10: 025320318X

ISBN - 13: 9780253203182

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The Role of the Reader: Explorations In The Semiotics Of Texts

by Umberto Eco

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.27 in

Published: July 22, 1979

Publisher: Indiana University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 025320318X

ISBN - 13: 9780253203182

About the Book

..". not merely interesting and novel, but also exceedinglyprovocative and heuristically fertile." -- The Review ofMetaphysics

..". essential reading for anyone interestingin... the new reader-centered forms of criticism." -- LibraryJournal

In this erudite and imaginative book, Umberto Eco setsforth a dialectic between 'open' and 'closed' texts.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Role of the Reader

I. Open
1. The Poetics of the Open Work
2. The Semantics of Metaphor
3. On the Possibility of Generating Aesthetic Messages in an Edenic Language

II. Closed
4. The Myth of Superman
5. Rhetoric and Ideology in Sue''s Les Mysteres de Paris
6. Narrative Structures in Fleming

III. Open/Closed
7. Peirce and the Semiotic Foundations of Openness: Signs as Texts and Texts as Signs
8. Lector in Fabula: Pragmatic Strategy in a Metanarrative Text

Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Bibliography

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"... not merely interesting and novel, but also exceedingly provocative and heuristically fertile." -The Review of Metaphysics

"... essential reading for anyone interesting in... the new reader-centered forms of criticism." -Library Journal

In this erudite and imaginative book, Umberto Eco sets forth a dialectic between ''open'' and ''closed'' texts.

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In this collection of nine essays, Umberto Eco sets forth a dialectic between ''open'' and ''closed'' texts, between a work of art that actively involves the ''addressee'' in its production and one that holds the ''addressee'' at bay and seeks to evoke a limited and predetermined response. He investigates the contributions of contemporary semantics to the study of narrative, and connects the modalities of textual interpretation with the problem of possible worlds.

About the Author

First a semiotician at the University of Bologna, and a leading figure in contemporary Italian culture, Eco brought semiotics to fiction in his first novel, The Name of the Rose (1980). This unexpected international best-seller employs the techniques of a detective novel along with sophisticated postmodern narrative and verbal conundrums, to recount a series of murders in a medieval monastery. Eco's fascination with the Middle Ages began when he was a student at the University of Torino, where he wrote his doctoral thesis (1954) on St. Thomas Aquinas. The Name of the Rose (1980) won the Premio Strega and the Premio Anghiar awards in 1981, as well as numerous international awards. His title The Prague Cementary made The New York Times best seller list for 2011.

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In this collection of nine essays, Umberto Eco sets forth a dialectic between 'open' and 'closed' texts, between a work of art that actively involves the 'addressee' in its production and one that holds the 'addressee' at bay and seeks to evoke a limited and predetermined response. He investigates the contributions of contemporary semantics to the study of narrative, and connects the modalities of textual interpretation with the problem of possible worlds.
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