Posted by Inby from user-2ini8tf.dialup.mindspring.com (22.214.171.124) on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 1:20am :
In Reply to: A GREAT book to read. posted by Darth Indy from ? (126.96.36.199) on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 0:11am :
If you're truly interested in plumbing the arcana of Western European interpretations of Christianity, you'd do much worse than to start with these (by Umberto Eco):
ESSAY: Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages (1959, trans. Hugh Bredin, 1988);
NOVEL: Il nome della rosa (1980, The Name of the Rose, trans. William Weaver, 1983);
ESSAY: Postille a "Il nome della rosa" (1983, Postscript to "The Name of the Rose," trans. William Weaver, 1984);
As my own 'postille', and one perhaps relevant to our current age, Eco wrote: "I believe that it is my job as a scholar and a citizen to show how we are surrounded by 'messages,' products of political power, of economic power, of the entertainment industry and the revolution industry, and to say that we must know how to analyze and criticize them."
As Belloch said, "do as you will".
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