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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.

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Paperback, Advances in Semiotics, 288 pages
Published July 22nd 1979 by Indiana University Press (first published 1979)
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Stela
Are Umberto Eco ăsta un talent nemaipomenit de a te lăsa cu obsesii incurabile după ce îi citeşti cîte o carte, fie ea roman sau studiu ştiintific. Aşa m-am procopsit cu obiceiul de a verifica „cancrizabilitatea” fiecărui aforism peste care am dat din momentul în care am terminat Sulla letteratura (am adaptat fonetic termenul, fiindcă nu ştiu dacă s-a găsit vreun traducător suficient de iscusit încît să-i dea un echivalent în limba română, dat fiind că nici în italiană termenul „cancrizzabile” n ...more
Gerardo
Jan 26, 2016 Gerardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quando si legge un libro, sulla copertina, appaiono sempre due elementi: il titolo e il nome dell'autore. La critica, il più delle volte, si sofferma su questi due aspetti: il testo (simboleggiato dal titolo) e sull'uomo che ha scritto quel testo. Spesso ci si dimentica, però, che quel testo esiste anche grazie al lavoro di un terzo, che si trova di fronte alla copertina stessa: il lettore.

Questo saggio di Eco si sofferma su quest'ultimo, mostrando come nel testo stesso ci siano degli elementi
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Barbora
Feb 06, 2016 Barbora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tohle je první odborná kniha, která v sobě skrývá nadmíru příjemné překvapení. Aby Eco mohl předvést proces textové interpretace vložil do publikace i povídku od autora Alphonse Allaise.
Mario Rufino
Mar 26, 2015 Mario Rufino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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...
GONZA
Mar 23, 2015 GONZA rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Zach
Aug 12, 2011 Zach rated it it was ok
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 was 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 pe ...more
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