Umberto Eco
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The Works of Umberto Eco
This section of Porta Ludovica is the largest annotated bibliography of Eco’s work available on the Web. Because Eco is such a prolific writer in so many fields, it has been broken down into eight sections, the final being a complete Italian/English bibliography without any additional commentary. (In order to preserve the editor’s sanity, there has been no attempt to index the legion of books that only contain a preface or introduction by Eco.) Porta Ludovica offers these eight categories as a loose framework to facilitate organization – certain works, such as Kant and the Platypus or Zeitgeist in Babel, may fit logically in several categories, so a few arbitrary placements have been occasionally made. If you are looking for a specific work and are unsure under which category to search, you can check the “Quick Reference Card” below the links. As on the pages themselves, the works are listed in the order in which they were written.
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Umberto Eco’s Works

Fiction – Details and reviews of Eco’s novels.

General Nonfiction – Collections of columns & general essays.

Language & Literary Criticism – Non-semiotic works about language, aesthetics, and literary criticism, including chapters and contributions.

Semiotics – All works on semiotics, including chapters and contributions.

Children’s Books – Books for children.

Collaborations & Contributions – Non-semiotic works written in collaboration with others.

Italian Works – Works that have yet to be translated into English.

Bibliography – An expanding bibliography of Italian and English works.

Quick Reference Card:

The Name of the Rose
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Island of the Day Before
La misteriosa fiamma della regina Loana

General Nonfiction
Apocalypse Postponed
Travels in Hyperreality
Postscript to The Name of the Rose
Travels with a Salmon
Kant and the Platypus
Five Moral Pieces
History of Beauty

Language & Literary Criticism
The Aesthetics of Thomas Aquinas
Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages
The Aesthetics of Chaosmos: The Middle Ages of James Joyce
Limits of Interpretation
Interpretation and Overinterpretation
Six Walks in the Fictional Woods
The Search for the Perfect Language
Serendipities: Language & Lunacy
Experiences in Translation
On Literature

The Sign of Three: Dupin, Holmes, Pierce*
Fictions Updated: Theories of Fictionality, Narratology, and Poetics*
Talking of Joyce*

The Open Work
A Theory of Semiotics
The Role of the Reader

Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language
A Semiotic Landscape*
Semiotics: An Introductory Anthology*
Frontiers in Semiotics*
Meaning and Mental Representations*
Universe and the Mind: A Semiotic Theory of Culture*
On the Medieval Theory of Signs*

Children’s Books
The Bomb and the General
The Three Astronauts

Collaborations & Contributions
The Picture History of Inventions from Plough to Polaris
The Bond Affair
The People’s Comic Book: Red Women’s Detachment, Hot on the Trail, and Other Chinese Comics
Charles M. Schulz: 40 Years of Life and Art*
Zeitgeist in Babel: The Post-Modernist Controversy*
The Italian Metamorphosis, 1943-1968*
The Future of the Book*
The Cult of Vespa*
Regina Maria Anzenberger Presents 22 Photographers*
The Story of Time*
Belief or Nonbelief?
Conversations About the End of Time*
Shadows of Reason*

Italian Works
Il miracolo di san Baudolino*
Storia dei Rosa Croce*
Semiosi naturale e parola nei Promessi Sposi*
Cinque scritti morali
Tra menzogna e ironia

*These works only contain Eco contributions

–Allen B. Ruch
7 November 2004

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