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Apocalypse Postponed - (Perspectives) by Umberto Eco (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 240

Genre: Social Science

Sub-Genre: Anthropology

Series Title: Perspectives

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Book theme: Cultural & Social

Author: Umberto Eco

Language: English

TCIN: 78491482
UPC: 9780253024190
Item Number (DPCI): 247-03-5428


An erudite and witty collection of Umberto Eco's essays on mass culture from the 1960s through the 1980s, including major pieces which have not been translated into English before. The discussion is framed by opposing characterizations of current intellectuals as apocalyptic and opposed to all mass culture, or as integrated intellectuals, so much a part of mass culture as to be unaware of serving it. Organized in four main parts, "Mass Culture: Apocalypse Postponed," "Mass Media and the Limits of Communication," "The Rise and Fall of Counter-Cultures," and "In Search of Italian Genius," Eco looks at a variety of topics and cultural productions, including the world of Charlie Brown, distinctions between highbrow and lowbrow, the future of literacy, Chinese comic strips, whether countercultures exist, Fellini's Ginger and Fred, and the Italian genius industry.

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