How to Write a Thesis: Book Review of Umberto Eco in Translation

by DerdriuMarriner

The book How to Write a Thesis is a 2015-released translation of Come si fa una tesi di laurea, a classic Italian 1975-published review by Umberto Eco.

Writing a thesis takes 6 to 36 months

The book How to Write a Thesis acknowledges the 2015-released translation skills of Caterina Mongiat Farina and Geoff Farina concerning Come si fa una tesi di laurea by Italian humanities professor and writer Umberto Eco.

The content, form, and style manual begins with the worst case scenario of students who are clueless and desperate about choosing a topic, cinching research, and completing writing. The 1975-published review classic therefore considers a range of writing schedule deadlines, from a rigorous six-month minimum to a super-relaxed three-year maximum.

The seven chapters, preceded by forewords and introductions and succeeded by notes, disappoint no one, writing-blocked or not, since task completion depends upon:
• narrow thesis focus;
• retrievable research-worthy resources;
• vigilant pre-submission protocols.

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Website:
http://umbertoeco.com/en/
https://mitpress.mit.edu/index.php?q=books/how-write-thesis

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Umberto Eco told Iranian-French writer Lila Azam Zanganeh (born February 20, 1976) that he had replaced his 60 daily cigarettes with an "unlit cigar" ("Umberto Eco, The Art of Fiction No. 197," The Paris Review, issue 185, Summer 2008).

Umberto Eco in 1981, four years after publishing Come si fa una tesi di laurea, Italian original of How to Write a Thesis
Umberto Eco in 1981, four years after publishing Come si fa una tesi di laurea, Italian original of How to Write a Thesis

Writing a thesis upsets unexperienced, unprepared, unwilling writers

 

Professor Eco's conclusions on the multi-applicability of a thesis completed by a passionate competitor emerges logically from task-specific chapters. Individual chapters furnish specifics on: 

  • defining thesis attributes and audiences; 
  • eliminating broad, difficult, feckle topics; 
  • finding primary and secondary sources for bibliographic research; 
  • getting together a workable introduction and title for a table of contents structuring -- between the beginning concerns and concluding results and suggestions -- history, hypothesis, indicators, interpretation, and proof; 
  • heading into drafts facilitated by index cards and notes and founded upon judicious definitions and personalizations, manageable paraphrases and quotations, and proper grammar and references; 
  • ideating a final draft defendable by advisee, advisor, and advisory committee. 

Everything gets covered, even academic humility and collective projects. 

 

Umberto Eco is emeritus professor and president of Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici (Graduate School for the Study of the Humanities) at Università di Bologna, founded in 1088 with centuries of tradition as center of learning.

Henry of Germany delivers a lecture to university students in Bologna, a depicted in Liber ethicorum des Henricus de Alemannia, 14th century (ca. 1360 - 1390) parchment by Laurentius de Voltolina.
Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings), Berlin, northeastern Germany
Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings), Berlin, northeastern Germany

Writing a thesis vaunts local resources, narrow focuses

 

The 223-page text holds succinct guarantees to realizing unfaltering progressions through the above-mentioned six hurdles within six months. Prescriptions and proscriptions indicate successful thesis-writing by students in the humanities even though the information is adjustable to non-humanities disciplines. They join to identify such personally comfortable and professionally practical guideposts as: 

  • applying pioneering or revisionist scientific specificity and utility to direct-experience, journalistic, and political topics;
  • favoring ancient over contemporary, historical over theoretical, monograph over survey topics;
  • keeping research sorted and sources straight with annotated photocopies and bibliographic, idea, quote and reading index cards. 

Examples and explanations keep citation-befuddled writers atop: 

  • anonymous/multiple/pseudonymed authors; 
  • books; 
  • chapters, classics; 
  • editions, essays; 
  • journals; 
  • monumental/unpublished works;
  • newspapers; 
  • official/private documents, originals; 
  • proceedings; 
  • reprints; 
  • series; 
  • translations. 

 

In his Foreword to How to Write a Thesis, Francesco Erspamer, Harvard University Romance Languages and Literatures Department, noted prior translation of Eco's Italian original into 17 languages, including Persian (1996), Russian (2001), Chinese (2003).

"Una tesi è come unapartita a scacchi fatta di tante mosse, salvo che dall'iniziodovreste essere in grado di predire le mosse che fareteper dare scacco all'avversario, altrimenti non ci arriverete mai." (Come si fa una tesi di laurea, page 121)
"4.1 The Table of Contents as a Working Hypothesis," How to Write a Thesis, page 108
"4.1 The Table of Contents as a Working Hypothesis," How to Write a Thesis, page 108

Writing a thesis works in 17 world languages

 

Forewords by Harvard University Professor Francesco Erspamer and by DePaul University Professors Caterina Mongiat and Geoff Farina, introductions by Professor Umberto Eco of the Accademia dei Lincei, Università di Bologna, and Università degli Studi di San Marino for the 1977 and 1985 Italian editions, and seven chapters leave students in particular and writers in general culturally enriched, educationally entertained, and geo-historically enthralled. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology publication consistently mentions the importance of:

  • catering to locally accessible research and retrievable resources;
  • choosing defensible, likeable, trouble-free topics;
  • consulting relevant foreign languages;
  • creating random, spontaneous, stream-of-consciousness thoughts for first drafts only.

How to Write a Thesis numbers among the modern household's indispensable guides to educational accomplishment and professional achievement.

 

In 2015, Chicago's DePaul University wife-and-husband professors Caterina Mongiat Farina (Modern Languages Department) and Geoff Farina (School of Music) published How to Write a Thesis, their translation of Umberto Eco's Italian original, Come si fa una

Umberto Eco (right) with Italian journalist and television host Piero Angela; Thursday, September 10, 2015, six months after March 6, 2015, release date of How to Write a Thesis
Festival della Communicazione, Comigli, Liguria Region, northwestern Italy; Thursday, September 10, 2015, 16:19:54
Festival della Communicazione, Comigli, Liguria Region, northwestern Italy; Thursday, September 10, 2015, 16:19:54

Acknowledgment

 

My special thanks to talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the internet.

 

Image Credits

 

Umberto Eco told Iranian-French writer Lila Azam Zanganeh (born February 20, 1976) that he had replaced his 60 daily cigarettes with an "unlit cigar" ("Umberto Eco, The Art of Fiction No. 197," The Paris Review, issue 185, Summer 2008).
Umberto Eco in 1981, four years after publishing Come si fa una tesi di laurea, Italian original of How to Write a Thesis: Elisa Cabot, CC BY SA 2.0, via Flickr @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/7822340046/

Umberto Eco is emeritus professor and president of Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici (Graduate School for the Study of the Humanities) at Università di Bologna, founded in 1088 with centuries of tradition as center of learning.
Henry of Germany delivers a lecture to university students in Bologna, a depicted in Liber ethicorum des Henricus de Alemannia, 14th century (ca. 1360 - 1390) parchment by Laurentius de Voltolina.
Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings), Berlin, northeastern Germany: Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Laurentius_de_Voltolina_001.jpg

In his Foreword to How to Write a Thesis, Francesco Erspamer, Harvard University Romance Languages and Literatures Department, noted prior translation of Eco's Italian original into 17 languages, including Persian (1996), Russian (2001), Chinese (2003).
"Una tesi è come unapartita a scacchi fatta di tante mosse, salvo che dall'iniziodovreste essere in grado di predire le mosse che fareteper dare scacco all'avversario, altrimenti non ci arriverete mai." (Come si fa una tesi di laurea, page 121)
"4.1 The Table of Contents as a Working Hypothesis," How to Write a Thesis, page 108: MIT Press @mitpress, via Facebook August 27, 2015, @ https://www.facebook.com/mitpress/posts/10153572236899894

In 2015, Chicago's DePaul University wife-and-husband professors Caterina Mongiat Farina (Modern Languages Department) and Geoff Farina (School of Music) published How to Write a Thesis, their translation of Umberto Eco's Italian original, Come si fa una tesi di laurea.
Umberto Eco (right) with Italian journalist and television host Piero Angela; Thursday, September 10, 2015, six months after March 6, 2015, release date of How to Write a Thesis
Festival della Communicazione, Comigli, Liguria Region, northwestern Italy; Thursday, September 10, 2015, 16:19:54: Alessio Jacona, CC BY SA 2.0, via Flickr @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/blogs4biz/21245840468/

Umberto Eco is a member of Accademia dei Lincei (literally "Academy of the Lynx-Eyed"), an Italian science academy founded in Rome in 1603.
The Academy's offices are housed in Palazzo Corsini, a 1730-1740 late baroque palace built for florentine princely family of Corsini.
Via della Lungara 10, Rione Trastevere (R. XIII), Rome, central-western Italian Peninsula; Sunday, October 8, 2006, 12:02: Lalupa, CC BY SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Trastevere_-_Accademia_dei_Lincei_alla_Lungara_01593.JPG

 

Sources Consulted

 

Eco, Umberto. 1977. Come si fa una tesi di laurea: le materie umanistiche. Milan, Italy: Tascabili Bompiani.

Eco, Umberto. 2015. How to Write a Thesis. Introduction by Francesco Erspamer. Translated from the Italian Come si fa una tesi di laurea: le materia umanistiche by Caterina Mongiat Farina and Geoff Farina. Cambridge, MA, U.S.A.; and London, England, U.K.: The MIT Press.

 

Umberto Eco is a member of Accademia dei Lincei (literally "Academy of the Lynx-Eyed"), an Italian science academy founded in Rome in 1603.

The Academy's offices are housed in Palazzo Corsini, a 1730-1740 late baroque palace built for florentine princely family of Corsini.
Via della Lungara 10, Rione Trastevere (R. XIII), Rome, central-western Italian Peninsula; Sunday, October 8, 2006, 12:02
Via della Lungara 10, Rione Trastevere (R. XIII), Rome, central-western Italian Peninsula; Sunday, October 8, 2006, 12:02
the end which is also the beginning
the end which is also the beginning

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