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Umberto Eco’s Intertextuality: Appropriation of Dostoevsky’s Writing

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The starting point for this analysis is a statement by Umberto Eco in his essay "The American Myth in Three Anti-American Generations", where, with characteristic irony, he says: "If I reflect on my spiritual development, in the list of sources I should include Imitation of Christ, No no Nanette (the song), Dostoevsky and Donald Duck".In this playful list of creations from both high and popular culture, from Thomas Kempis to Walt Disney, the place of Dostoevsky is pivotal: a link connecting two cultural dimensions that are seemingly opposite. Dostoevsky reaches incredible depths of moral and philosophical analysis as high literature, while retaining those features that make the popular novel a literary genre of broad reach.


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