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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Umberto Eco's : a game of double co-incidence : original research

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Abstract

Although classified as a literary novel with a fictional plot, is crammed with historical information on 19th century Europe, with the focus on the rise of anti-Semitism during this period. The overwhelming amount of data has been criticised as distracting from the plot and creating difficulty for the reader in making sense of the storyline. This article examines the role of the reader in deciphering the twisting of historic events and fiction in , that is, a literary text packed tight with historical data intertwined with a fictional story, loaded with signs, symbols and hidden meanings that have to be decoded. It is demonstrated, firstly, that a Model Reader with encyclopaedic knowledge will be able to decode the hidden meanings in the text; secondly, that the nonmodel, or empirical reader, who does not actualise all of the meaning-content, will not be hindered in his understanding of the story and thirdly, that the author's intentions will duly be accomplished.


Umberto Eco se is wyd gekritiseer oor die digtheid van die inhoud, wat sentreer om die geskiedenis van Europa in die 19de eeu en die opkoms van anti-Semitisme in daardie tyd. Die groot hoeveelheid data kan die leser oorweldig sodat die storielyn dalk daaronder kan ly. Hierdie artikel ondersoek die rol van die leser, wat sin moet maak van 'n teks, waarin tekens, simbole en verskuilde betekenisse gedekodeer moet word, maar ook die storielyn moet kan volg. Daar word eerstens aangedui dat die modelleser met ensiklopediese kennis in staat sal wees om die verskuilde betekenisse te dekodeer; tweedens, dat die niemodelleser, wat nie al die inligting kan absorbeer nie, die storie tog nog sal kan geniet en derdens, dat die doelwit van die skrywer ontsluit sal word deur blootlegging van die verskuilde betekenis wat die teks onderlĂȘ.

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2015-01-01
2016-12-03
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