Semiotics and Popular Culture

The History of the Kiss!

The Birth of Popular Culture

Authors: Danesi, M.

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How and when did the kiss become a vital sign of romance and love? In this wide-ranging book, pop culture expert Marcel Danesi takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the history of the kiss, from poetry and painting to movies and popular songs, and argues that its romantic incarnation signaled the birth of popular culture.

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Marcel Danesi is Director of the Program in Semiotics and Communication Theory and Professor of Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is the author of many books, including Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things; X-Rated! The Power of Mythic Symbolism in Popular Culture ; and The History of the Kiss: The Birth of Popular Culture . He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1998, founded a research center (Center for Communication and Information Sciences), and is the Editor in Chief of Semiotica. Danesi's work has been featured in the New York Times, Toronto Star, and Psychology Today, among other print publications, and he has been a guest on broadcast outlets such as National Public Radio.

Reviews

"The History of the Kiss by Marcel Danesi serves as part anthropological study and part celebration of this mysterious, sensuous, thrilling activity that holds such power over us all." - New York Post

"An illuminating look at why kissing is such a powerful act." - The Guardian

"This brief, entertaining history of the kiss spans a number of eras, several genres, and a range of disciplines . . . Summing Up: Recommended. General readers." - CHOICE

"The History of the Kiss! is exceptional. Marcel Danesi has provided an exceptional analysis and elucidation of all of the kiss's meanings in the various cultural contexts in which it exists. This is the best account of a fascinating and important social gesture that I have ever read." - Frank Nuessel, University of Louisville, USA

"Danesi does it again: an entertaining and informative semiotic analysis showing that a mere trifle of popular culture is central to people's culture-specific understanding of who they are. Taking in origins, rituals, fiction, pictures, songs, movies, and the internet age, this book shows that the kiss is much more than an enquiry on the first floor as to whether the ground floor is available. It will be essential reading for media and cultural studies students and beyond." - Paul Cobley, Professor in Language and Media, Middlesex University, UK

"Marcel Danesi's delightful book explores the science, art, history, and popular culture of humanity's most intimate exchange. Engaging and informative, The History of The Kiss! The Birth of Popular Culture will be treasured by readers for years to come." - Sheril Kirshenbaum, author of The Science of Kissing


Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The History of the Kiss!
Book Subtitle
The Birth of Popular Culture
Authors
Series Title
Semiotics and Popular Culture
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37685-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137376855
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37683-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-37684-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 179
Topics