The Limits of Interpretation

The Limits of Interpretation

Umberto Eco
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 01/22/1991
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20869-9
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Eco’s essays read like letters from a friend, trying to share something he loves with someone he likes.... Read this brilliant, enjoyable, and possibly revolutionary book." —George J. Leonard, San Francisco Review of Books

... a wealth of insight and instruction." —J. O. Tate, National Review

If anyone can make [semiotics] clear, it's Professor Eco.... Professor Eco's theme deserves respect; language should be used to communicate more easily without literary border guards." —The New York Times

The limits of interpretation mark the limits of our world. Umberto Eco's new collection of essays touches deftly on such matters." —Times Literary Supplement

It is a careful and challenging collection of essays that broach topics rarely considered with any seriousness by literary theorists." —Diacritics

Umberto Eco focuses here on what he once called "the cancer of uncontrolled interpretation"—that is, the belief that many interpreters have gone too far in their domination of texts, thereby destroying meaning and the basis for communication.

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““Eco’s essays read like letters from a friend, trying to share something he loves with someone he likes. . . . Read this brilliant, enjoyable, and possibly revolutionary book.” —George J. Leonard, San Francisco Review of Books “ . . . a wealth of insight and instruction.” —J. O. Tate, National Review "If anyone can make [semiotics] clear, it's Professor Eco. . . . Professor Eco's theme deserves respect; language should be used to communicate more easily without literary border guards." —The New York Times "The limits of interpretation mark the limits of our world. Umberto Eco's new collection of essays touches deftly on such matters." —Times Literary Supplement “It is a careful and challenging collection of essays that broach topics rarely considered with any seriousness by literary theorists.” —Diacritics Umberto Eco focuses here on what he once called “the cancer of uncontrolled interpretation”—that is, the belief that many interpreters have gone too far in their domination of texts, thereby destroying meaning and the basis for communication.”

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Two Models of Interpretation
2. Unlimited Semiosis and Drift Pragmaticism vs. "Pragmatism"
3. Intentio Lectoris: The State of the Art
4. Small Worlds
5. Interpreting Serials
6. Interpreting Drama
7. Interpreting Animals
8. A Portrait of the Elder as a Young Pliny
9. Joyce, Semiosis, and Semiotics
10. Abduction in Uqbar
11. Pirandello Ridens
12. Fakes and Forgeries
13. Semantics, Pragmatics, and Text Semiotics
14. Presuppositions
15. On Truth: A Fiction

References
Index