Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco (born January 5, 1932) is an Italian novelist and philosopher, best known for his novels and essays.

Eco was born in Alessandria, in the Italian province of Piedmont. He is an author and semiotician. He works as a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna.

Eco employs his education as a medievalist to good advantage in his novel The Name of the Rose, which was made into a movie staring Sean Connery as a monk who investigates a series of murders revolving around a monastery library. He is particularly good at translating medieval religious controversies and heresies into modern political and economic terms so that the reader can understand them without being a theologian.

Eco's work illustrates the post-modernist literary theory concept of hypertextuality, or the inter-connectedness of all literary works and their interpretation.

Table of contents
1 Selected Bibliography
2 External link

Selected Bibliography

Novels

See also "Postscript to 'The Name of the Rose'" for background to the novel.
A film of this book was made starring Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman, F. Murray Abraham and Michael Lonsdale.

Books on philosophy, semiotics, linguistics, aesthetics

(NOTE: For some of these books he is co-author)

Books of his essays

  • "Misreadings"
  • "Travels in Hyperreality : Essays"
  • "How to Travel With a Salmon & Other Essays"

Books for children

(art by Eugenio Carmi)
  • "The Bomb and the General"
  • "The Three Astronauts"

Other

Further, Umberto Eco is an expert on the subject of 007, which adds him to the worldwide group of bondologs ("Bondologists," Scandinavian expression for an expert in the field of
James Bond).

James Bond related writings:

  • Il Caso Bond (aka The Bond Affair ) 1966
    by Del Buono and Umberto Eco
    A collection of essays edited by Umberto Eco.
  • Umberto Eco:
    "The Narrative Structure in Fleming" in his The Bond Affair (1966) reprinted in Bernard Waitesr, Tony Bennett and Graham Martin ed. Popular Culture: Past and Present (London: Croom Helm, 1982).

External link


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