Umberto Eco

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Online Papers & Essays
This page contains links to academic papers and essays about Umberto Eco and his work that have found their way onto the Web. If you have a paper you would like to submit for inclusion, please email Porta Ludovica!

Papers Related to Umberto Eco

Round up the Usual Archetypes!
Couture, Tansy
This essay was inspired by the Eco “Casablanca” essay.

As American as Hyperreality
Couture, Tansy
Another essay inspired by Eco.

A Novel Look at Theory: About Umberto Eco’ The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum
Eriksson, Birgit
This paper discusses the function of Eco’s fiction in terms of semiotics and theory. (PDF)

Thought, Sign and Machine: The Computer Reconsidered
Finnemann, Niels Ole
Available as a Web site or as a PDF file, this paper includes a discussion of Eco’s analysis of the “lower treshold” of sign theory, and Eco’s theories relating to the analysis of computational signs, formal notation systems and ordinary alphabetical notation systems.

Mazes, Maps & Monsters: The Iconography of the Library in Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose.
Haft, Adele
This detailed paper looks at the medieval maps and associated world-views that informed Eco’s great library in The Name of the Rose. By the author of The Key to “The Name of the Rose”, it resides here on Porta Ludovica.

Borges and The Name of the Rose
Ketzan, Erik
This essay, which resides both here and on The Garden of Forking Paths, traces the influence of Borges upon Eco’s first novel.

God, Truth, and Meaning, in the Post-modernism of Umberto Eco
Lambros, Niki
This paper argues that Eco’s post-modernism seeks a path that still permits meaning, values and ethics.

New! The Narratives of Cyberspace Law (or, Learning from Casablanca)
Madison, Michael.
A work of legal scholarship which suggests that legal and literary scholars may have something to learn from one another. Professor Madison explores viewing the internet as a narrative, specifically, Casablanca, with reference to Umberto Eco's interpretation of the film.

New! Beasts and Buildings: Religious Symbolism and Medieval Memory
Newlon, Brendan.
An illustrated discussion of memory, mnemonics, and monastics. (5.6 Meg PDF)

Beware of the Fallout: Umberto Eco and the Making of the Model Reader
Radford, Gary P.
By the author of On Eco, this paper examines the creation of meaning when a reader encounters a text.

Essay on The Name of the Rose
Rosenblum, Joseph. World Fiction Series CD-ROM: 1992.
A wonderful essay on Eco’s first novel, it gives a complete plot summary, an analysis of the characters, and some commentary on themes, meanings, and critical content. A small warning: the summary is complete, and gives away the ending; so if you have not read the book, you might want to skip that part of the essay.

The Longitude Problem
Sobel, Dava
A paper by the author of Longitude that shed some light on the real history behind the quest for longitude in The Island of the Day Before.

Il Rasoio di Eco; or Eco’s Razor: Catastrophy Theory and the Semiotics of Umberto Eco
Verdru, Henk.
The medieval confrontation between Nominalism and Realism revisited. This paper is in Italian, and resides on the author’s homepage, where an attractive PDF is also available.

La relación de Umberto Eco con la música electrónica
Vizcaino, Antonio
This essay discusses the relationship between Eco and electronic music, such as the works composed by Luciano Berio. It is in Spanish, and resides on the author’s homepage

Umberto Eco and Electronic Music
Vizcaino, Antonio
This is the English translation of the above essay, which discusses Eco and electronic music. It was translated by the author.

Other Online Collections
There are a few other sites around the Internet that collect Eco papers, many which focus on a special interest.

Northern Light – This will search the excellent Northern Light site for online articles, papers, and sites about Eco and his work.


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