Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework with an interdisciplinary perspective. Offered: AWSp.
Travels in Ecotopia will explore the ideas of Umberto Eco who is generally regarded as Italy's most famous contemporary intellectual in response to the broad popularity of his first novel, The Name of the Rose, which became an international bestseller in 1980 and was later produced as a film starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater. The novel's popularity was considered an oddity because of extensive passages in untranslated latin and references to arcane aspects of ancient and medieval philosophy which offers a useful starting point for considering Eco's particular perspectives on history and contemporary society.
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