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Understanding American Icons

An Introduction to Semiotics

Understanding American Icons by Arthur Asa Berger
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This brief, student-friendly introduction to the study of semiotics uses examples from 25 iconic locations in the United States. From Coney Island to Las Vegas, the World Trade Center to the Grand Canyon, Berger shows how semiotics offers a different lens in understanding locations taken for granted in American culture. He recasts Disneyland according to Freud, channels the Mall of America through Baudrilliard, and sees Mount Rushmore through the lens of Gramsci. A seasoned author of student texts, Berger offers an entertaining, non-threatening way to teach theory to undergraduates and that will fit ideally in classes on cultural studies, American studies, social theory, and tourism.
Taylor and Francis; June 2016
184 pages; ISBN 9781315416199
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Title: Understanding American Icons
Author: Arthur Asa Berger
 
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9781315416199
9781315416205
9781611320381