Umberto Eco

Unheard-of Curiosities

Umberto Eco: His Own Writings

The Holy War -- IBM vs. Mac
This ubiquitous work has, by now, found its way all across the Internet.

Casablanca, or, the Clichés are Having a Ball
An amusing article from Signs of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers, this essay is mirrored on Porta Ludovica.

For a Polyglot Federation
From the New Perspectives Quarterly, Winter 1993. Eco speaks on the "Quest for a Perfect Language in the History of European Culture."

A Rose by Any Other Name
From the Weekly Guardian, January 14, 1994. In this illuminating article, Eco discusses the problems of translation.

Eternal Fascism: Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Blackshirt
Umberto Eco writing in New York Review of Books, 22 June 1995 (as excerpted in Utne Reader, November-December 1995).

The Future of the Book
Eco's talk from the 1994 symposium, "The Future of the Book," held at the University of San Marino. A lucid and twinkling look at books in the computer age.

The Author and His Interpreters
Eco's 1996 lecture at The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America discusses the interpretation of literature, and provides some wonderful insights to his own first three novels. Rescued from the Academy's Web site and now maintained at Porta Ludovica.

Murder in Chicago
Umberto Eco reviews Ted Anton's Eros, Magic, and the Murder of Professor Culianu for New York Review of Books, 10 April 1997.

The Bean
Umberto Eco writing on the "greatest invention of the millennium."

Holy Wars, Passion and Reason
Umberto Eco writing in La Repubblica, 15 October 2001, in response to a post-9/11 comment by Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi on Western cultural superiority. Translation by Ercole Guidi; article located on the translator's homepage.

The Roots of Conflict
Eco's revised, English-language version of the above "Holy Wars" essay.

Literary Game of Drafts
Umberto Eco for The New York Times. Eco discusses how an author's use of computers may alter the way critics track the evolution of a literary work. Hosted by The Guardian online.

An Elementary Guide to Afghanistan and Baker Street
Umberto Eco for L'Espresso, 19 January 2002. Eco muses on war in Afghanistan via Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Hosted by The Guardian online.

The Art of Creating a Legend
Umberto Eco for The Guardian, 20 July 2002. A discussion of "light fiction" and literature using Dumas as an illustration.

Vegetal and Mineral Memory: The Future of Books
Umberto Eco in Al-Ahram, 20-26 November 2003. Eco's lecture at the opening of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

La Bustina di Minerva


"La Bustina di Minerva," Umberto Eco's column for L'Espresso, an Italian weekly, is online at their site. Of course, they are written in Italian, and you have to perform a search for them -- the site is very logically organized. Just go to the L'Espresso main page, and type in "Umberto Eco" or "Minerva" into the search engine ("Circa nel sito"), and click the button "Vai" ("Go").

La Repubblica


Eco frequently writes for Italy's La Repubblica. The link above will take you to their search page ("Ricerca nel sito"), where you may type in "Umberto Eco" for a directory of his recent writings.

--Allen B. Ruch
4 December 2003

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