Eco says that which cannot be theorized must be narrated. What about that which cannot be narrated? What must we do about (and at) the limits of interpretation, especially as (performative) narration. This review essay takes a method from Giambattista Vico and applies it to the interpretation of Laurent Binet’s portrayal of Umberto Eco in his novel The Seventh Function of Language (2015). Comparing the character of Eco with the thought of the historical Eco we find coincidences and other angles at incidence that reveal some portion of Binet’s underlying interpretation of Eco, and it limits.
Umberto Eco, semiology, semiotics, Laurent Binet, narration, interpretation, Vico
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Auxier, Randall E. “Eco on Interpreting the Sign: The Limits of Narrating that which Cannot Be Theorized.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 4, no. 1 (2020): 102-109. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2020.0009.
Randall E. Auxier
Department of Communication Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Communications Building, Mail Code 6605, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA
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