" . . . not merely interesting and novel, but also exceedingly provocative and heuristically fertile." -The Review of Metaphysics" . . . essential reading for anyone interesting in . . . the new reader-centered forms of criticism." -Library JournalIn this erudite and imaginative book, Umberto Eco sets forth a dialectic between 'open' and 'closed' texts.
PrefaceIntroduction: The Role of the ReaderI. Open1. The Poetics of the Open Work2. The Semantics of Metaphor3. On the Possibility of Generating Aesthetic Messages in an Edenic LanguageII. Closed4. The Myth of Superman5. Rhetoric and Ideology in Sue's Les Mysteres de Paris6. Narrative Structures in FlemingIII. Open/Closed7. Peirce and the Semiotic Foundations of Openness: Signs as Texts and Texts as Signs8. Lector in Fabula: Pragmatic Strategy in a Metanarrative TextAppendix 1Appendix 2Bibliography