X-Rated!: The Power of Mythic Symbolism in Pop Culture (Paperback)
 

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X-Rated!: The Power of Mythic Symbolism in Pop Culture (Paperback)

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    Many attack pop culture as a crude “sexual” and “celebrity-based” culture that is purportedly bringing about the end of moral values. Renowned semiotician Marcel Danesi adds his signature insight to the debate by delving deep into pop culture t......more

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Many attack pop culture as a crude “sexual” and “celebrity-based” culture that is purportedly bringing about the end of moral values. Renowned semiotician Marcel Danesi adds his signature insight to the debate by delving deep into pop culture through a consideration of symbols. Danesi’s treatment of letters, such as the X in “X-Rated,” the “i” in “iPod,” and other such symbols, reveals an ancient mythic structure that blends the sacred and profane dimensions of human psychic life. Danesi takes the reader on a remarkable exploration of the radical turns in American society, a society in which the search for pleasure and sexual expression often reign supreme. X-Rated! is a fascinating trip through what gives pop culture its secret appeal.

Marcel Danesi is Professor of Semiotics and Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He is respected for his work in several areas of semiotic study, including youth culture and metaphor. Among his major publications are Vico, Metaphor, and The Origins of Language; Cool: The Signs and Meanings of Adolescence; The Puzzle Instinct: The Meaning of Puzzles in Human Life; Brands; and Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Semiotica, the leading journal in semiotics.

Author:
Danesi, Marcel
Genre:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
Audience:
College/higher education
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
180
Language:
English
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date:
11/15/2008
Copyright Year:
2009
ISBN:
9780230610682
Height:
9.25 in
Wdth:
6.25 in
Thickness:
0.5 in
Unit weight:
0.64 lb
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