3:35-5:30p R BH018
Meets with FRIT M825, CMCL C602, CULS C701
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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 Ecoís 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.

For more information, please contact Peter Bondanella by email at bondanel@indiana.edu.