THE LAST GREAT THINKER OF EUROPE – 2016-1

In memory of Umberto Eco

Summary

Hasmik A. Yeghiazaryan

Key words – U.Eco, Middle Ages, postmodernism, intertextuality, irony, mass media, bestseller

The article deals with the scientific and literary activity of the highly admired Italian philosopher, linguist, medievalist and writer Umberto Eco who passed away recently. His literary and scientific works discuss a large number of issues that include not only such disciplines as philosophy, history or aesthetics but also mass media, comics, etc. The appearance of his books such as “The open work”, “The role of the reader, Lector in Fabula” or novels like “The Name of the Rose”, “The Foucault pendulum” marked a new era not only in the Italian but also in the world postmodern literature and human sciences.

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