Umberto Eco is an Italian novelist, philosopher, and essayist.
"On Some Functions of Literature"
"How to Write an Introduction"
"The Miracle of San Baudolino"
Questions to think about when reading these pieces by Eco:
For "On Some Functions of Literature": What do you think of Eco's suggestion that reading literature teaches us about our own limitations? What are the limitations he describes in how we are able to read (or even re-write) a text?
For "How to Write an Introduction": What is the relationship between form and content in this brief article? Does he ever explain how to write an introduction? How?
For "The Miracle of San Baudolino": Why is it called "The Miracle of San Baudolino"? What is the narrative about? What is its story and how does it tell it?
"How to Travel with a Salmon"
"Borges and My Anxiety of Influence"