9780131931985

World is a Text, The: The Writing, Reading, and Thinking About Culture and Its Contexts

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    9780131931985

  • ISBN10:

    0131931989

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2006
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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The book teaches readers the usefulness of learning to actively "read" their surroundings. The new edition features a greatly expanded section on writing, editing, and making arguments.This cultural studies reader directly engages the process of writing about the "texts" one sees in everyday life. Its comprehensive and inclusive approach focuses on the relationship between reading traditional workssuch as short stories, and poemsand other less-traditional onessuch as movies, the Internet, race, ethnicity, and television.For anyone who enjoys provocative and engaging material, and is interested in developing an appreciation for diverse cultural literary works.

Table of Contents

African-American Issues
American Sonnetp. 74
How Soaps Are Integrating America: Color TVp. 121
"Black Bart" Simpson: Appropriation and Revitalization in Commodity Culturep. 155
Shopping in a Mall While Black: A Coach's Storyp. 201
New Urbanism Needs to Keep Racial Issues in Mindp. 228
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?p. 266
The Sports Taboop. 269
Race Is a Four-Letter Wordp. 278
Mock Feminism: Waiting to Exhalep. 319
An African-American Christian's View of Passionp. 352
Welcome to America's Finest Tourist Plantationp. 527
Klanswomanp. 528
A Boondocks Cartoonp. 532
Advertising and People of Colorp. 554
Where Do You Want to Go Today? Cybernetic Tourism, the Internet, and Transnationalityp. 707
Arab-American Issues
Bloodp. 71
Censoring Myselfp. 282
Where Do You Want to Go Today? Cybernetic Tourism, the Internet, and Transnationalityp. 707
Asian-American Issues
The Visual Character of Chinatownsp. 210
Mother Tonguep. 261
America, Cowboys, the West, & Race (Interchapter)p. 362
No Name Womanp. 448
Advertising and People of Colorp. 554
Where Do You Want to Go Today? Cybernetic Tourism, the Internet, and Transnationalityp. 707
Student Essay: Mail Order Brides: The Content of Internet Courtshipp. 722
Argumentative/Persuasive Essays
TV Can Be a Good Parentp. 112
Student Essay: Society's Need for a Queer Solution: The Media's Reinforcement of Homophobia Through Traditional Gender Rolesp. 142
Reality TV Bites-or Does It?: The New Soap Opera or the End of Civilization: A Point-Counterpointp. 169
How Suburban Design Is Failing Teen-Agersp. 217
New Urbanism Needs to Keep Racial Issues in Mindp. 228
In Living Color: Race and American Culturep. 251
Let's Spread the Fun Around: The Issue of Sports Team Names and Mascotsp. 289
Class and Virtuep. 316
Mock Feminism: Waiting to Exhalep. 319
Student Essay: Star Wars and Americap. 344
Nailedp. 349
An African-American Christian's View of Passionp. 352
Gender Role Behavior and Attitudesp. 406
Why Chicks Dig Vampires: Sex, Blood and Buffyp. 415
America's Cinderellap. 441
Andy Warhol: The Most Controversial Artist of the Twentieth Century?p. 489
Is the NAMES Quilt Art?p. 499
Weasel Wordsp. 569
Student Essay: Sister Act (Sis-ter Akt) N. 1. A Destructive Form of Writingp. 580
Off Limits: Should Students Be Allowed to Hook Up with Professors?p. 619
Infuriating by Design: Everyday Things Need Not Wreak Havoc on Our Livesp. 690
Kill-for-Kicks Video Games Desensitizing Our Childrenp. 701
Student Essay: Hungry for a Scapegoat: A Rebuttal to John Leo's "Kill-for-Kicks Video Games Desensitizing Our Children"p. 703
Social and Economic Class
Capitalist Poem #5p. 79
Life According to TVp. 115
How Suburban Design Is Failing Teen-Agersp. 217
A White Migration North from Miamip. 220
A Remedy for the Rootlessness of Modern Suburban Life?p. 225
New Urbanism Needs to Keep Racial Issues in Mindp. 228
Growing Up, Growing Apartp. 239
Class and Virtuep. 316
The America the Media Don't Want You to Seep. 561
"Coal Miner's Daughter" by Loretta Lynnp. 661
Comparison/Contrast
How Soaps Are Integrating America: Color TVp. 121
Student Essay: Society's Need for a Queer Solution: The Media's Reinforcement of Homophobia Through Traditional Gender Rolesp. 142
Spatial Segregation and Gender Stratification in the Workplacep. 196
The Sports Taboop. 269
Mock Feminism: Waiting to Exhalep. 319
Deciphering I, Robot: Random Thoughts from an Evolving Film Reviewerp. 338
Marked Women, Unmarked Menp. 402
Construction of the Female Self: Feminist Readings of the Disney Heroinep. 432
Definitional Essays
Andy Warhol: The Most Controversial Artist of the Twentieth Century?p. 489
Is the NAMES Quilt Art?p. 499
It Isn't Pretty...But Is It Art?p. 519
Mock Feminism: Waiting to Exhalep. 319
TV Can Be a Good Parentp. 112
Weasel Wordsp. 569
Class and Virtuep. 316
The Visual Character of Chinatownsp. 210
Qallunaat 101: Inuits Study White Folks in This New Academic Fieldp. 276
Student Essay: Can You Handle the Commitment?: Three Types of College Relationshipsp. 613
Boy Friend: Between Those Two Words, A Guy Can Get Crushedp. 615
Case Study: Harmful Hug?p. 621
Fun!
Goodtime Jesusp. 73
My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun (Sonnet 130)p. 73
Bear in Therep. 75
The Unknownp. 78
Capitalist Poem #5p. 79
Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothesp. 82
"Not That There's Anything Wrong with That": Reading the Queer in Seinfeldp. 124
Caught Looking: Problems with Taking Pictures of People Taking Pictures at an Exhibitionp. 206
Qallunaat 101: Inuits Study White Folks in This New Academic Fieldp. 276
Images & Non-Traditional Texts
The Visual Character of Chinatownsp. 210
True Tales of Amerikkkan History Part II: The True Thanksgivingp. 265
A Suite of Cartoons
"Which One Is the Mascot?"p. 303
"But I'm Honoring You, Dude!"p. 304
"Pow Wow"p. 305
America, Cowboys, The West, & Racep. 362
Two Images of Genderp. 364
The Semiotics of Architecturep. 366
Flagsp. 367
Laundryp. 368
Neighborhoodsp. 370
Carsp. 371
Signsp. 372
Two Photos by Diane Arbusp. 374
Private Symbol/Public Space: The Virgin of Guadalupep. 376
Two Murals by Rigop. 377
Dinersp. 378
Postcards from Texasp. 379
The American Signs on Route 66 Suitep. 382
Sequential Art: "Closure" and "Art"p. 505
Piss Christp. 526
What Is the Proper Way to Display a US Flag?p. 527
Welcome to America's Finest Tourist Plantationp. 527
Klanswomanp. 528
Kissing Doesn't Killp. 529
CityBank Postersp. 529
Our Ladyp. 531
Yo Mama's Last Supperp. 532
A Boondocks Cartoonp. 532
International/Global Readings
Ode to My Socksp. 69
My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun (Sonnet 130)p. 73
The Colonelp. 76
Being a Manp. 411
Ways of Seeingp. 465
Where Do You Want to Go Today? Cybernetic Tourism, the Internet, and Transnationalityp. 707
Student Essay: Mail-Order Brides: The Content of Internet Courtshipp. 722
Latino/Latina Issues
The Colonelp. 76
How Soaps Are Integrating America: Color TVp. 121
A White Migration North from Miamip. 220
Race Is a Four-Letter Wordp. 278
Flagsp. 367
Private Symbol/Public Space: The Virgin of Guadalupep. 376
You Would Have Me Whitep. 413
Our Ladyp. 531
Yo Mama's Last Supperp. 532
Advertising and People of Colorp. 554
Literature (Fiction, Literary Non-Fiction, and Poetry)
Ode to My Socksp. 69
Goodtime Jesusp. 73
My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun (Sonnet 130)p. 73
American Sonnetp. 74
Bear in Therep. 75
The Colonelp. 76
Harlemp. 78
The Unknownp. 78
Capitalist Poem #5p. 79
Because I Could Not Stop for Death-Poem 712p. 80
Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothesp. 82
How to Read a Poemp. 84
The Resistance to Poetryp. 90
Mother Tonguep. 261
Two Poems by American Indians: Louise Erdrich, "Dear John Wayne" & Sherman Alexie, "My Heroes Have Never Been Cowboys"p. 332
You Would Have Me Whitep. 413
No Name Womanp. 448
Happy Endingsp. 596
You Can Have Itp. 599
Native American Issues
True Tales of Amerikkkan History Part II: The True Thanksgivingp. 265
Qallunaat 101: Inuits Study White Folks in This New Academic Fieldp. 276
Let's Spread the Fun Around: The Issue of Sports Team Names and Mascotsp. 289
"Black Bart" Simpson: Appropriation and Revitalization in Commodity Culturep. 155
Spatial Segregation and Gender Stratification in the Workplacep. 196
The Visual Character of Chinatownsp. 210
Student Essay: Reading the Nautical Starp. 214
In Living Color: Race and American Culturep. 251
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?p. 266
Holy Homosexuality Batman!: Camp and Corporate Capitalism in Batman Foreverp. 326
Gender Role Behaviors and Attitudesp. 406
Construction of the Female Self: Feminist Readings of the Disney Heroinep. 432
America's Cinderellap. 441
Ways of Seeingp. 465
Advertising and People of Colorp. 554
Musical Cheese: The Appropriation of Seventies Music in Nineties Moviesp. 634
Student Essay: Is Tupac Really Dead?p. 645
"Coal Miner's Daughter" by Loretta Lynnp. 661
Student Essay: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"p. 657
Cop Out? The Media, "Cop Killer," and the Deracialization of Black Rage (Constructing [Mis]Representations)p. 669
Infuriating by Design: Everyday Things Need Not Wreak Havoc on Our Livesp. 690
Where Do You Want to Go Today? Cybernetic Tourism, the Internet, and Transnationalityp. 707
Student Essay: Mail-Order Brides: The Content of Internet Courtshipp. 722
Young Adults/Teenagers/Children
Bear in Therep. 75
TV Can Be a Good Parentp. 112
Shopping in a Mall While Black: A Coach's Storyp. 201
How Suburban Design Is Failing Teen-Agersp. 217
Growing Up, Growing Apartp. 239
True Tales of Amerikkkan History Part II: The True Thanksgivingp. 265
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?p. 266
Construction of the Female Self: Feminist Readings of the Disney Heroinep. 432
The Coolhuntp. 543
Student Essay: Can You Handle the Commitment?: Three Types of College Relationshipsp. 613
Boy Friend: Between Those Two Words, A Guy Can Get Crushedp. 615
Off Limits: Should Students Be Allowed to Hook Up with Professors?p. 619
Case Study: Harmful Hug?p. 621
When Is It OK to Invite a Student to Dinner?p. 624
Student Essay: Is Tupac Really Dead?p. 645
Student Essay: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"p. 657
Kill-for-Kicks Video Games Desensitizing Our Childrenp. 701
Hungry for a Scapegoat: A Rebuttal to John Leo's "Kill-for-Kicks Video Games Desensitizing Our Children"p. 703
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