THE CHARLES ELIOT NORTON LECTURES. “[This] dashing and stylish series of six lectures displays Umberto Eco’s enviable ability to transform arid semiotics and narrative theory into intellectual entertainment.”. We got to thinking about Harvard University Press's long history. In Six Walks in the Fictional Woods Umberto Eco shares with us his Secret Life as a reader—his love for MAD magazine, for Scarlett O'Hara. Erudite, wide-ranging, and slyly humorous The literary examples Eco employs range from Dante to Dumas, from Sterne to Spillane. His text is.
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Here, the book reveals its serious side.
What are the implications for society when the line between reality and fiction becomes blurred? How are stories "plots" in the mostinsidious sense of the word constructed over the course of time? In those lectures Eco on example of the works of Sterne, Joyce, Nerval, Poe, Kafka, Flaubert and many others analyzes narrative techniques and literary tricks.
Introduces us to the time plans, real time and narrative one, the six walks in the fictional woods of flashbacks and flashforwards, says, quoting Gerard Genette that,a flasback seems to make up for something the author has forgotten whereas the flashforward is a manifestation of narrative impatience ; talks about contemporary theories of narrative, using terms like story, plot and discourse.
Writes about the delay of action, digressions and suspension of disbelief to finally muse about something what could be named the total novel, in which fictional characters freely migrate from one text to another. Rick goes on with his account: She should be here any minute.
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The door opens and a woman appears. Eco argues that any actual reader is an empirical reader with a specific personal reading context. As such, each individual reader is only part of the model reader, the author's composite imagined listener.
But the individual author, always distinct from the narrator, even a first-person narrator, is also only part of the model author whose stylistic strategies help all empirical readers infer what the characteristics of the model reader are and, circling back, what those of the model author are.
How does narrative lead us on, persuade us to six walks in the fictional woods ourselves in its depths?
Six Walks in the Fictional Woods : Umberto Eco :
In a detailed analysis of one of his favorite texts, Gerard de Nerval's Sylvie, Eco examines the uses of temporal ambiguity, demystifying the "mists" in the literary six walks in the fictional woods.
In another chapter, he takes detective fiction and pornography as a basis for discussing narrative pace - strategic speeding up and slowing down - and the relationship between real time and narrative time.
And in yet another chapter, we follow Eco as he shadows the musketeer D'Artagnan through the streets of seventeenth-century Paris, a trail that leads us to the uncertain boundary between story and history.