Analyzing Cultures: An Introduction and Handbook

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Indiana University Press, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 413 pages

Designed for classroom use in a number of disciplines, this comprehensive introduction to cultural semiotics is also an easy-to-use reference for those who would like a better understanding of the topic. No other text provides this kind of practical framework for the classroom study of semiotics. Each of the 12 chapters is clearly written and self-contained.

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Contents

What Is Culture?
1
The Body
11
The Field of Cultural Semiotics
39
The Signifying Order
67
Language
136
Metaphor
161
Space
185
8
205
Narrative
248
Television and Advertising
267
Semiotic Analysis
290
Activities and Questions for Discussion
313
Biographical Sketches
339
Glossary
345
Works Cited and General Bibliography
371
Index
403

Objects
229

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Marcel Danesi is Professor and Director of the Program in Semiotics, University of Toronto. Among his publications are: Vico, Metaphor, and the Origin of Language (Indiana University Press, 1993) and Cool: The Signs and Meanings of Adolescence (University of Toronto Press, 1994).

Paul Perron is Professor and Principal of University College, University of Toronto. He is author of numerous works on narratology.

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