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Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things

An Introduction to Semiotics

Authors: Danesi, Marcel

  • Connects semiotics to cultural realities and trends
  • Updates all content, working to make language more accessible and to replace outdated examples with contemporary subjects
  • Incorporates new ideas, movements, and technological advances (social media, memetic culture, etc.) to offer the most current introduction to semiotics on the market
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About this Textbook

This book deals with one the most interesting aspects of human life—the search for meaning. It discusses how the science of semiotics is equipped to provide insight on what meaning is and how we produce it. Why is it that certain people routinely put their survival at risk by smoking? Why is it that some women make locomotion difficult for themselves by donning high-heel footwear? Are there unconscious forces at work behind such strange behaviors? This book will attempt to answer such questions by claiming that these behaviors are meaningful in culture-specific ways. The discipline that studies such behaviors and their relation to meanings is called semiotics. Semiotics probes the human condition in its own peculiar way, by unraveling the meanings of signs, which motivate not only the wearing of high heel shoes, but also the construction of words and art forms.

Now in its third edition, this landmark introduction to semiotics has been updated with a wealth of new content, focusing on the many developments in digital culture since the previous edition. With the addition of topics such as memes, Selfies, social media profiles, and even Mafia discourse, the new edition comprehensively covers new trends in culture while streamlining treatments of basic semiotics contents.

About the authors

Marcel Danesi is Professor of Semiotics and Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is renowned for his work in several areas of semiotic study, including pop culture and metaphor. He has been a guest on several broadcast outlets, including National Public Radio. Among his major recent publications are The History of the Kiss! (2013) and Murder in Plain English, with Michael Arntfield (2016). His work has been featured in the New York Times, Toronto Star, and Psychology Today, among other print publications. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Semiotica, the leading journal in semiotics.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Cigarettes and High Heels: The Universe of Signs

    Danesi, Marcel

    Pages 1-23

  • What Does It Mean?: How Humans Represent the World

    Danesi, Marcel

    Pages 25-47

  • Makeup: Why Do We Put It On?

    Danesi, Marcel

    Pages 49-69

  • Tell Me About Yourself: What Is Language?

    Danesi, Marcel

    Pages 71-97

  • Kisses Sweeter Than Wine: Metaphor and the Making of Meaning

    Danesi, Marcel

    Pages 99-120

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95348-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95347-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things
Book Subtitle
An Introduction to Semiotics
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95348-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95348-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95347-9
Edition Number
3
Number of Pages
IX, 236
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