How To Write A Thesis by Umberto EcoHow To Write A Thesis by Umberto Eco

How To Write A Thesis

byUmberto EcoTranslated byCaterina Mongiat Farina, Geoff Farina

Paperback | March 6, 2015

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Umberto Eco's wise and witty guide to researching and writing a thesis, published in English for the first time.

By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy's most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write a Thesis, in which he offered useful advice on all the steps involved in researching and writing a thesis -- from choosing a topic to organizing a work schedule to writing the final draft. Now in its twenty-third edition in Italy and translated into seventeen languages, How to Write a Thesis has become a classic. Remarkably, this is its first, long overdue publication in English.

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.

How to Write a Thesis belongs on the bookshelves of students, teachers, writers, and Eco fans everywhere. Already a classic, it would fit nicely between two other classics: Strunk and White and The Name of the Rose.

The Definition and Purpose of a Thesis . Choosing the Topic . Conducting Research . The Work Plan and the Index Cards . Writing the Thesis . The Final Draft

Umberto Eco is an Italian semiotician, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist. He is the author of The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, and The Prague Cemetery, all bestsellers in many languages, as well as a number of influential scholarly works.
Title:How To Write A ThesisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.5 inPublished:March 6, 2015Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262527138

ISBN - 13:9780262527132


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST read for anyone beginning a graduate degree, especially a PhD Before you begin a graduate degree, read this book. Your supervisor may not necessarily be a great source of guidance. Mine never was. In fact, I had three who all failed me. Reading this book covered the bases which my professors in an elite law school didn't. The book outlines all the steps necessary to approaching your research - from forming the research question to writing the actual thesis/dissertation. It addresses resources and methodologies. It makes some great recommendations. Read it.
Date published: 2018-02-09

Editorial Reviews

Well beyond the completion of the thesis, Eco's manual makes for pleasant reading and is deserving of a place on the desks of scholars and professional writers. Even sections such as that recommending the combinatory system of handwritten index cards, while outdated in the digital age, can propose a helpful exercise in critical thinking, and add a certain vintage appeal to the book.