THE CHARLES ELIOT NORTON LECTURES
Cover: Six Walks in the Fictional Woods, from Harvard University PressCover: Six Walks in the Fictional Woods in PAPERBACK

Six Walks in the Fictional Woods

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$24.50 • £19.95 • €22.00

ISBN 9780674810518

Publication Date: 07/21/1998

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160 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

14 line illustrations

The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures

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Erudite, wide-ranging, and slyly humorous… The literary examples Eco employs range from Dante to Dumas, from Sterne to Spillane. His text is thought-provoking, often outright funny, and full of surprising juxtapositions.The Atlantic

Reading [these chapters] is indeed like wandering in the woods… They might in fact be called, more prosaically, “How to Be a Good Reader,” for Eco, in his incredibly manipulative way, has you eating out of his hand by the end of them.—Susan Salter Reynolds, The Los Angeles Times Book Review

The dim boundary between the imaginary and the real is Eco’s home terrain… He is a foxy gamesman, using enchanted woods as a flexible image for narrative texts, and mustering a playful array of allusions from The Three Musketeers to the Rocky Horror Picture Show.—Robert Taylor, The Boston Globe

[This] dashing and stylish series of six lectures…displays Umberto Eco’s enviable ability to transform arid semiotics and narrative theory into intellectual entertainment.—John O’Reilly, The Independent

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“Predictive Policing” and Racial Profiling

While technology used in policing has improved, it hasn’t progressed, says Khalil Gibran Muhammad, if racial biases are built into those new technologies. This excerpt from his book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, shows that for the reform called for by the current protests against systemic racism and racially-biased policing to be fulfilled, the police—especially those at the top—will need to change their pre-programmed views on race and the way they see the Black citizens they are supposed to “serve and protect.”