French And Italian | Seminar in Italian Literature
M825 | 2578 | Bondanella

Topic: Umberto Eco: Postmodern Literature, Popular Culture, Literary Theory,
and Semiotics.  This seminar will study the postmodern literary production of
Umberto Eco (The Name of the Rose Including the Authorís 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.  FRIT
M825, Seminar in Italian Literature is joint listed with as the same special
topic in the following courses in other departments: WEUR W605; CMLT C602, and
CULS C701. For more information, please contact Peter Bondanella by email ( or contact West
European Studies (Ballantine Hall 542; 855-3280).