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On Literature (2003) is a book by Umberto Eco.

From the publisher:

Italian literary theorist and novelist Umberto Eco includes nine essays in this title concerning: the general significance of literature; major authors of the Western canon; the poetic qualities of Dante's "Paradiso"; the style of the "Communist Manifesto"; Joyce's views on language; and more

Excerpt:

"the fundamental problem of all philosophies of language, namely, whether metaphor is a departure from underlying literalness or the birthplace of every degree zero of writing."




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