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Signs of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers
by:Sonia Maasik, Jack Solomon
The collaborative efforts of the dynamic writing team comprised of Sonia Maasik and Jack Solomon provide students with a thorough resource in their textbook Signs of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers, ISBN 9780312478124. This text challenges students to read and write through a critical lens by providing them with a foundational...
The collaborative efforts of the dynamic writing team comprised of Sonia Maasik and Jack Solomon provide students with a thorough resource in their textbook Signs of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers, ISBN 9780312478124. This text challenges students to read and write through a critical lens by providing them with a foundational overview to do so. This resource also features confrontational and modern reading selections that beg students to think critically about the nation's striking popular culture. Sonia Maasik and Jack Solomon utilize effective organizational skills in Signs of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers by laying out concepts across 10 chapters divided into two sections. Part 1 begins this text with a discussion of 'Cultural Productions.' Chapters in this section provide in-depth discussions of the culture of American consumption, signs of advertising, signs of music and television, the culture of American film, as well as the codes of popular literature. These chapters present readers with various well-known aspects of popular culture including various products and entertainment genres such as blue jeans, Alka-seltzer, Oprah Winfrey, Malcom X, Doris Day, and Blade Runner. Part 2 presents 'Cultural Constructions.' The chapters in this section provide coverage of gender codes in American culture, readings in multicultural semiotics, representing the 'other' in American culture, mythic characters of popular culture, and finally interpreting the built environment. Popular subjects discussed in these final chapters include board games, Batman, Lara Croft, Michael Jordan, Barbie, G.I. Joe, Rice Krispies, and Disney World.
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