Who is Umberto Eco?June 26, 2021
Italian scientist, writer, writer, critic and thinker. His nickname is Dedalus.
The Italian writer, who entered the agenda of the world with his novels such as The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum, is also one of the masters of medieval aesthetics and semiotics. Eco has been a professor at the University of Bologna since 1971 and is recognized for his important contributions to the development of post-structuralist semiotics. Eco did his master’s and doctorate studies on the Thomasism movement and its aesthetic understanding. Historian, philosopher, medievalist, author of deep research on James Joyce. The author’s first novel, The Name of the Rose, was published in 1980. He became an associate professor at the University of Turin in 1962 and a professor of visual communication at the University of Florence in 1969. In 1971 he transferred to the University of Bologna, and in 1975 he was appointed head of the Institute of Demonstration and Communication Sciences of this university.
Since the mid-1960s, Eco’s work has focused on avant-garde works and mass culture. Recently, he has been working on current events and phenomena. Among these studies, literary criticism, history and communication writings have an important place. Eco shows a complete mastery especially in his works that he embellished with his knowledge of history. Especially in his work called Baudolino, Byzantine and IV. The narratives about the Crusade are gripping.
After Roland Barthes, many of the works of Umberto Eco, one of the cornerstones of an understanding called “the meaning of details” or “the sociology of details”, have been published in Turkey.
In November 2005 and June 2008, he was ranked 2nd in 2005 and 14th in 2008 in the World’s Top 100 Intellectuals lists created by online reader surveys of Foreign Policy magazines from the USA and Prospect from the UK.