Umberto Eco

Andrea Brondino (University of Warwick)
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Umberto Eco’s works span from medieval aesthetics to twentieth-century Italian pop culture, translation, semiotics, philosophy of language, literary theory, and history of art and thought, to name just a few. He was a philosopher, historian, semiotician, successful novelist, politically engaged intellectual, academic, and writer of children stories. An exceptional polymath, in other words. For clarity’s sake, this entry is artificially structured around three main aspects of Eco’s persona which, however, should not be understood as divided, but rather as always mutually influential and deeply intertwined: the philosopher, the novelist, and the intellectual. Eco, however, was not exclusively these things; many of his contributions focus on the history of art (e.g.,

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Citation: Brondino, Andrea. "Umberto Eco". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 August 2019 [, accessed 18 July 2024.]

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