Travels in Hyper Reality: Essays

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1986 - Literary Collections - 307 pages
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Eco displays in these essays the same wit, learning, and lively intelligence that delighted readers of The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum. His range is wide, and his insights are acute, frequently ironic, and often downright funny. Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
 

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This smorgasbord of 26 pieces ultimately focuses on the boundaries of realism as exemplified by the"hyper reality'' of American phenomena like the Madonna Inn, wax museums, San Simeon, theme parks ... Read full review

Contents

THE RETURN OF THE MIDDLE AGES
59
The Sacred Is Not Just a Fashion
89
Whose Side Are the Orixa On?
103
Why Are They Laughing in Those Cages?
119
REPORTS FROM THE GLOBAL VILLAGE
133
Two Families of Objects
183
Lumbar Thought
191
Cult Movies and Intertextual Collage
197
A Photograph
213
Cogito Interruptus
221
Language Power Force
239
In Praise of St Thomas
257
The Comic and the Rule
269
DE INTERPRETATION
281
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UMBERTO ECO is the author of five novels and numerous essay collections, including The Name of the Rose, The Prague Cemetery, and Inventing the Enemy. He received Italy's highest literary award, the Premio Strega, was named a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur by the French government, and is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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