Faith in fakes: Secrets, lies, and conspiracies in Umberto Eco’s writings

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Title: Faith in fakes: Secrets, lies, and conspiracies in Umberto Eco’s writings
Authors: Rodríguez-Ferrándiz, Raúl
Research Group/s: Industrias Culturales Hoy: Producción, Difusión, Gestión y Consumo de Productos Culturales en la Era de la Información (IICCXXI)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Comunicación y Psicología Social
Keywords: Umberto Eco | Lie | Secrecy | Aesthetics | Rhetoric | Semiotics
Knowledge Area: Comunicación Audiovisual y Publicidad
Issue Date: 19-Jan-2019
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
Citation: Semiotica. 2019, 2019(227): 169-186. doi:10.1515/sem-2017-0137
Abstract: This paper offers a re-reading of the works of Umberto Eco, be they academic, journalistic or literary, with a pseudologic tone: his desire to investigate the mechanisms of lying, and their relation with fiction, falsification, error, secrecy, and conspiracy. The study will review some of his main academic texts in the fields of semiotics, rhetoric, and aesthetics, and will make some references to his recent novels and essay compilations, as well as offer an explanation of how the evolution of his thoughts takes a pessimistic turn. The face of the lie, which initially was aesthetic consolation and consumerist delusion, and then a game of intelligence, a creative stimulus and an interpretive challenge, changes when serves the purpose of extortion, manipulation, and war. In short, it could be argued that Eco became increasingly disappointed by deceptions, and lost faith in fakes and forgeries.
ISSN: 0037-1998 (Print) | 1613-3692 (Online)
DOI: 10.1515/sem-2017-0137
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2019 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
Peer Review: si
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