Title: The Role of the Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts
Author: Umberto ECO
Publisher: Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984
Series: Advances in Semiotics
Quality: scanned > PDF > OCR (not the best, but readable)
From a review on Amazon.com:
In this book, Eco sets out to illustrate how the reader engages in constructing meaning when reading texts. Like Roland Barthes and others in the field of semiotics (which is the study of symbols in culture), Eco draws upon Ferdinand de Saussure (Course in General Linguistics) and Claude Levi-Strauss (Structural Anthropology). Yet Eco recognizes that meaning is not merely governed by structure, but also interactively constructed by the reader/interpreter, who often inserts or fills-in missing meaning to construct a coherent picture.
Readers interested in questions of meaning, the philosophy of language, signs and symbols will find this a fascinating work. Although the subject matter is challenging, Eco’s style is clear – he is a masterful writer.