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Table of Contents
The World Is a Text: Writing.
The World Is a Text: Reading.
1. Reading Literature.
The Literature Suite—Social and Economic Class
2. Reading Television.
Sallie Tisdale, “Citizens of the World, Turn on Your Televisions!” Ariel Gore, “TV Can Be a Good Parent.” Harry F.Waters, “Life According to TV.” Michelle Cottle, “How Soaps Are Integrating America: Color TV.” Katherine Gantz, “'Not That There's Anything Wrong with That': Reading the Queer in Seinfeld.”
Student Essay: Archana Mehta, “Society's Need for a Queer Solution: The Media's Reinforcement of Homophobia through Traditional Gender Roles.”
The Simpsons Suite.
Student Essay: Hillary West, “Media Journal: The Rosie O'Donnell Show.”3. Reading Public Space.
Public Space—The Suburban Suite.
4. Reading Race and Ethnicity.
Tamar Lewin, “Growing Up, Growing Apart.” Kwame J. McKenzie and N. S. Crowcroft, “Describing Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Medical Research: Describing the Groups Studied Is Better Than Trying to Find a Catchall Name” Michael Omi, “In Living Color: Race and American Culture” . Handsome Lake, “How America Was Discovered” Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue.” Jim Mahfood, “True Tales of Amerikkkan History Part II: The True Thanksgiving” . Beverly Daniel Tatum, “Why Are All Blacks Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” Malcolm Gladwell, “The Sports Taboo.”
Race and Ethnicity—The Multiracial Suite.
5. Reading Movies.
David Denby, “High-School Confidential: Notes on Teen Movies” Michael Parenti, “Class and Virtue.” bell hooks, “Mock Feminism: Waiting to Exhale.” Freya Johnson, “Holy Homosexuality Batman!: Camp and Corporate Capitalism in Batman Forever.” Four Reviews of Moulin Rouge: Roger Ebert, Stanley Kaufmann, Elvis Mitchell, Owen Glieberman.
The Movie Violence Suite.
Interchapter: Reading Images.
America, Cowboys, The West, and Race. The Images of Gender. The Semiotics of Architecture. Laundry. Two Flags.
6. Reading Gender.
Deborah Tannen, “Marked Women, Unmarked Men.” Holly Devor, “Gender Role Behaviors and Attitudes.” Paul Theroux, “Being a Man.” Alfonsina Storni, “You Would Have Me White.”
Student Essay: Whitney Black, “The Woman Warrior: The Problem of Using Culture to Liberate Identity.”
The Myths of Gender Suite.
7. Reading the Visual Arts.
Alan Pratt, “Andy Warhol: The Most Controversial Artist of the Century?” Susan Sontag, “America Seen through a Lens Darkly.” , “Which Art Will Top the Chartes?: Four Curators Share Their Top 10 Picks and Reasoning behind the Most Influential Visual Artworks of the Past 1,000 Years.” E. G. Chrichton, “Is the NAMES Quilt Art?” Dean Rader, “(Re)Versing Vision: Reading Sculpture in Poetry and Prose.” Scott McCloud, “Sequential Art: 'Closure' and 'Art'.”
Student Essay: Anne Darby, “#27: Reading Cindy Sherman and Gender.”
The Sensation Suite.
8. Reading Advertising and the Media.
Student Essay: Brittany Gray, “Hanes Her Way.”
The Media Manipulation Suite.
9. Reading Music.
Kevin J.H. Dettmar and William Richey, “Musical Cheese: The Appropriation of Seventies Music in Nineties Movies.”
Student Essay: Fouzia Baber, “Is Tupac Really Dead?”
Student Essay: Sarah Hawkins, “Right on Target: Revisiting Elvis Costello's My Aim Is True”
Reading Music—The Song Suite.
10. Reading Technology.
Donald A. Norman, “Infuriating by Design: Everyday Things Need Not Wreak Havoc on Our Lives.” Elizabeth Weil, “The Girl-Game Jinx.” Lisa Nakamura, “Where Do You Want to Go Today? Cybernetic Tourism, the Internet, and Transnationality”
Student Essay: Virginia Colwell, “Mail-Order Brides: The Content of Internet Courtship.”
The Internet and Identity Suite.
Appendix: How Do I Cite This Car?: Guidelines for Citing Popular Culture Texts.
Using Parenthetical References. Building the Works Cited Page. Plagiarism. Works Cited Examples.