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The Role of the Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts

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..". not merely interesting and novel, but also exceedingly provocative and heuristically fertile." The Review of Metaphysics

..". essential reading for anyone interesting in... the new reader-centered forms of criticism." Library Journal

In this erudite and imaginative book, Umberto Eco sets forth a dialectic between open and closed texts."
Paperback, Advances in Semiotics, 288 pages
Published July 22nd 1979 by Indiana University Press (first published 1979)
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Robert Shadel
long winded but very thorough exploration of the various roles of the reader -- how the reader might be able (or not correctly able) to interpret and de-code the writer... the essence of semiotics...
Non mi é ben chiaro se questo libro é stato per me poco chiaro perché non mi ha poi interessato tanto, o non mi ha interessato tanto perché non l'ho capito. Uno su tutti resta comunque il concetto di cooperazione interpretativa e quel gioiellino di racconto che é Un drame bien parisien (1890) di Alphonse Allais.
i don't know if it's because these concepts are well-aged by now or because it's too similar to things I already knew around semantics and processing, but I found this book difficult to read and unenlightening. I'll stick to his fiction, I guess.
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Umberto Eco is an Italian writer of fiction, essays, academic texts, and children's books, and certainly one of the finest authors of the twentieth century. A professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, Eco’s brilliant fiction is known for its playful use of language and symbols, its astonishing array of allusions and references, and clever use of puzzles and narrative inventions. His per ...more
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