Comparative Literature | Umberto Eco: Postmodern Literature, Popular Culture, Literary Theory, and Semiotics
C602 | 1244 | Bondanella


3:35-5:30	R	BH 018

This seminar will study the postmodern literary production of Umberto
Eco (The Name of the Rose Including the Author's Postscript,
Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before) within the context
of Eco's important contributions to cultural studies, literary theory,
and semiotics.
In addition to the three novels, the seminar will examine selections
from all of his non-fictional works, including: The Open Work; The
Role of the Reader; Six Walks in the Fictional Woods; Interpretation
and Overinterpretation; Theory of Semiotics; Serendipities; Kant and
the Platypus; Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages; The Search for a
Perfect Language;  The Aesthetics of Chaosmos: The Middle Ages of
James Joyce; Misreadings; Travels in Hyperreality; and Apocalypse
Postponed.
The seminar will be conducted in English.  To minimize the expense of
the books used in the class, most theoretical works will be ordered in
English translation.  The novels read in the course will be ordered
both in the Italian original for students who read Italian and in
English translation for everyone else.
Requirements: a seminar presentation in class plus a research paper of
some 20 pages on a topic chosen in consultation with the instructor.