The Open Work

Paperback | April 3, 1989

byUmberto EcoTranslated byAnna CancogniIntroduction byDavid Robey

not yet rated|write a review

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.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$45.64 online
$48.50 list price (save 5%)
Ships within 3-5 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

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 ele...

Umberto Eco Professor Emeritus at the University of Bologna and is the author of many books, including Foucault’s Pendulum and Six Walks in the Fictional Woods.

other books by Umberto Eco

The Name of the Rose
The Name of the Rose

Paperback|Apr 22 2014

$16.56 online$22.50list price(save 26%)
Foucault's Pendulum
Foucault's Pendulum

Paperback|Feb 28 2007

$16.12 online$22.50list price(save 28%)
Numero Zero
Numero Zero

Paperback|May 17 2016

$21.13 online$21.50list price
see all books by Umberto Eco
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.03 inPublished:April 3, 1989Publisher:Harvard

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0674639766

ISBN - 13:9780674639768

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

1. The Poetics of the Open Work

2. Analysis of Poetic Language

3. Openness, Information, Communication

4. The Open Work in the Visual Arts

5. Chance and Plot: Television and Aesthetics

6. Form as Social Commitment

7. Form and Interpretation in Luigi Pareyson's Aesthetics

8. Two Hypotheses about the Death of Art

9. The Structure of Bad Taste

10. Series and Structure

11. The Death of the Gruppo 63

Notes

Index