Apocalypse Postponed by Robert Lumley
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An erudite and witty collection of Umberto Eco's essays on mass culture from the 1960s through the 1980s, including major pieces which have not been translated into English before. The discussion is framed by opposing characterizations of current intellectuals as apocalyptic and opposed to all mass culture, or as integrated intellectuals, so much a part of mass culture as to be unaware of serving it. Organized in four main parts, ""Mass Culture: Apocalypse Postponed, "" ""Mass Media and the Limits of Communication, "" ""The Rise and Fall of Counter-Cultures, "" and ""In Search of Italian Genius, "" Eco looks at a variety of topics and cultural productions, including the world of Charlie Brown, distinctions between highbrow and lowbrow, the future of literacy, Chinese comic strips, whether countercultures exist, Fellini's Ginger and Fred, and the Italian genius industry.
 

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Umberto Eco is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the author of "Foucault s Pendulum, The Name of the Rose", and other international bestsellers. He lives in Milan, Italy. Lumley is a Lecturer in Italian studies at University College, London.
 
Published May 1, 1994 by BFI Publishing. 240 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, History. Non-fiction

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Best known for his novels The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum , Eco, a semiotics professor at the University of Bologna, explores mass media, politics, mass culture and counterculture in this

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Best known for his novels The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum , Eco, a semiotics professor at the University of Bologna, explores mass media, politics, mass culture and counterculture in this collection of erudite essays from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s.

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