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Umberto Eco, The Da Vinci Code, and the Intellectual in the Age of Popular Culture

Authors: Merrell, Douglass

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    • This book traces the career of Umberto Eco, Italy's most famous contemporary author.
    • Provides an overview of Eco's historical and cultural development.
    • Explains Eco's religious and intellectual origins in an accessible way.
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This book provides a philosophical overview of Umberto Eco's historical and cultural development as a unique, internationally recognized public intellectual who communicates his ideas to both an academic and a popular audience. It describes Eco’s intellectual development from his childhood during World War II and student involvement as a Catholic youth activist and scholar of the Middle Ages, to his early writings on the "openness" of modern works such as Joyce's Finnegans Wake. Merrell also explores Eco’s pioneering role in semiotics and his later career as a novelist.

About the authors

Douglass Merrell completed his PhD in in History on Umberto Eco at the University of Washington in 2000.  He has subsequently taught in Rome, Venice, and Padua. 

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“The book’s style and focus remain professional throughout. … the author is nimble and shrewd in his explanations of Eco’s works and his desire to foster a critical consciousness in his readers. … this work is essential for anyone with more than a passing interest in Eco.” (Andre van Loon, The Cambridge Quarterly, Vol. 47 (02), June, 2018)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • The Intermediate Thinker

    Pages 1-24

    Merrell, Douglass

  • The Intellectual Species

    Pages 25-49

    Merrell, Douglass

  • A Medievalist in Hibernation

    Pages 51-78

    Merrell, Douglass

  • The Exiled Heretic

    Pages 79-101

    Merrell, Douglass

  • The Art of Adventure: Eco, Joyce, and the Open Work

    Pages 103-130

    Merrell, Douglass

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-54789-3
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-85482-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Umberto Eco, The Da Vinci Code, and the Intellectual in the Age of Popular Culture
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-54789-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-54789-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85482-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 296
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