Umberto Eco, The Da Vinci Code, and the Intellectual in the Age of Popular Culture

  • Douglass Merrell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 281-296

About this book


This book provides a philosophical overview of Umberto Eco's historical and cultural development as a unique, internationally recognized public intellectual who communicates his ideas to both an academic and a popular audience. It describes Eco’s intellectual development from his childhood during World War II and student involvement as a Catholic youth activist and scholar of the Middle Ages, to his early writings on the "openness" of modern works such as Joyce's Finnegans Wake. Merrell also explores Eco’s pioneering role in semiotics and his later career as a novelist.


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Authors and affiliations

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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-54788-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-54789-3
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