French and Italian | Umberto Ecco
M605 | 25730 | Prof. Peter Bondanella


Topic: Fiction, Semiotics, Cultural and Literary Theory.  This
seminar will examine the major writings by Umberto Eco in the fields
of fiction, literary theory, cultural theory, semiotics, and
philosophy. In addition to the major novels, selections from Eco’s
theoretical work over his long career will be analyzed to see how
his theory has assisted him in the production of his fiction.
Readings for the most part are available in both English and
Italian, although graduate students expecting to show proof of
language proficiency in Italian by taking this course must employ
Italian sources in a required research paper. Students will be
expected to participate actively in class discussions and to prepare
a research paper on some topic of critical interest that will
demonstrate a familiarity with the scholarship on Eco. The class
will be conducted in English, and students outside Italian studies
are invited and encouraged to enroll. Joint offer with CMLT C641,
CMCL C710, CULS C701.