The Neo-Baroque of Our Time: A Reading of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose

Abstract

Eco's The Name of the Rose reflects the Neo-baroque aesthetics, such as intertextuality and seriality, instability and untrustworthiness of reality, a strong sense of openness, and a reader's active role. The Name of the Rose expresses its preference for a 'labyrinth' structure through an encyclopedic sign system with seriality to demonstrate a fluid, constantly changing signification. In addition to that, this novel requires readers to interpret signs and messages from their own perspectives, enjoying interpretative freedom. Understanding the present era through examining Eco's novel by considering diverse aspects from the Neo-baroque perspectives, can contribute to expanding the understanding of not only the past but also ourselves today.

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@inproceedings{Yoo2010TheNO, title={The Neo-Baroque of Our Time: A Reading of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose}, author={Hyunjoo Yoo and Francesco Guardini and Jos{\'e} Antonio Maravall and Peter Wollen}, year={2010} }