Six Walks in the Fictional Woods

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Six Walks in the Fictional Woods
6 Walks in the Fictional Woods.JPG
First edition
Author Umberto Eco
Country United States
Language English
Subject Linguistics
Publisher Harvard University Press
Publication date
Pages 153 pp.
ISBN 0-674-81050-3
OCLC 29184587
808.3 20
LC Class PN3355 .E28 1994

Six Walks in the Fictional Woods is a non-fiction book by Umberto Eco. Originally delivered at Harvard for the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures in 1992 and 1993, the six lectures were published in the fall of 1994.


The book derives its title from Italo Calvino's Six Memos for the Next Millennium but Eco also cites Calvino's If On a Winter's Night a Traveler as inspiration because the novel "is concerned with the presence of the reader in the story", which was also the subject of the lectures and book.

Eco's general concerns, besides that of literary criticism, fall under the subjects of techniques of fiction and narration or rhetoric.

Table of contents[edit]

  1. "Entering the Woods"
  2. "The Woods of Loisy"
  3. "Lingering in the Woods"
  4. "Possible Woods"
  5. "The Strange Case of Rue Servandon"
  6. "Fictional Protocols"

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