Mirror on America Essays and Images from Popular Culture

ISBN-10: 0312477120

ISBN-13: 9780312477127

Edition: 4th 2009

Authors: Joan T. Mims, Elizabeth M. Nollen

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American popular culture is unique because America's cultural diversity is unique. Building on its signature accessibility,Mirror on Americawidens its embrace of popular culture, exposing students to the idea that American popular culture is not monolithic, but rather a composite reflection of all the cultures that consider themselves American. Featuring current essays about topics students will already be familiar with and apparatus that supports and scaffolds every step of the reading and writing process,Mirror on Americareflects the interests of studentsandthe instructors who want them to become confident writers.
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List price: $47.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 2/11/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Preface for Instructors
Introduction for Students
Rhetorical Table of Contents
Active, Involved Reading and the Writing Process: Establishing a Connection
Reading with a Difference
Getting into Reading
Thinking Ahead
Reading a Sample Essay
"Schlock Waves Felt across U.S. Campuses"
"Pop Culture Studies Turns 25"
Writing with a Difference
Getting into Writing
Planning, Purpose, Audience, and Attitude
Hooking the Reader
Identifying a Thesis
Supporting the Thesis
Organizing the Content
Connecting the Pieces
Arriving at a Conclusion
Titling the Paper and Other Final Steps
Revising the Paper
Editing the Paper
Peer Editing
Gaining from the Effort
A Sample Student Essay
"The Importance of Reflecting on Popular Culture" (Student Essay)
Deconstructing Media: Analyzing an Image
The Message of Media
Asking the Right Questions
Taking an Image Apart
Reading Visual Images
To Have and To Hold (Photograph)
Mallard Fillmore (Cartoon)
Writing About an Image
Monumental Taste (Advertisement)
"Monumental Taste: Using Patriotism to Market Diet Coke" (Student Essay)
Gearing Up to Read Images
Define "American": Reflections on Cultural Identity
Looking Ahead
Analyzing the Image: "Like Mother-Not Likely!" (Photograph)
Gearing Up
"They've Got to Be Carefully Taught"
"Do I Look Like Public Enemy Number One?"
"I Want to Be Miss America"
There She Was (Photograph)
"Will the Last Gay Bar in Laguna Beach Please Turn Out the Light?"
"Globalization vs. Americanization"
"Naming Our Destiny"
Paired Selections
"Mongrel America"
"People Like Us"
"The Downside of Diversity"
Wrapping Up Chapter 3
Connecting to the Culture
Focusing on Yesterday: Freedom from Want (Painting)
Focusing on Today: One Big Happy Family (Drawing)
"How Do I Look?": How Culture Shapes Self-Image Looking Ahead
Analyzing the Image: American Gothic Makeover (Painting)
Gearing Up
"My Inner Shrimp"
"Venus Envy"
"100% Indian Hair"
"Girls Going Mild(er)"
"My New Nose"
Losing the Trauma: The Author Before and After Surgery (photographs)
"Identity in a Virtual World"
Choi Seang Rok and Uroo Ahs (Photograph)
"The 'Modern Primitives'"
Body Rites (Advertisement)
Paired Selections
"Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self"
"The Eye of the Beholder"
Wrapping Up Chapter 4
Connecting to the Culture
Focusing on Yesterday: Dear Diary (Photograph)
Focusing on Today: MySpace is Your Space (Photograph)
What Are You Trying to Say?: How Language Works
Looking Ahead
Analyzing the Image: Cheerful Technology (Photograph)
Gearing Up
"Corporate Names and Products Creep into Everyday Language"
"More than Language"
Loud English (Cartoon)
"Rule of Thumbs: Love in the Age of Texting"
"Global Wording"
Paired Selections
"How Do You Say Extinct?"
"In the Language of Our Ancestors"
Read Mercer Schuchardt, "Swoosh!"
"Caucasian Please! America's Cultural Double Standard for Misogyny and Racism"
Wrapping Up Chapter 5
Connecting to the Culture
Focusing on Yesterday: On the Horn (Photograph)
Focusing on Today: From Talking to Texting (Photograph)
Fantasies for Sale: Marketing American Culture
Paired Selections
Looking Ahead
Analyzing the Image: America: Land of the Free or Land of the Logos? (Photograph)
Gearing Up
Paired Selections
"Illusions Are Forever"
"Champagne Taste, Beer Budget"
"The Croc Epidemic"
"On Covers of Many Magazines, a Full Racial Palette Is Still Rare"
"Cleaning Up"
"Damn Spam"
The Economist, "The Ultimate Marketing Machine"
"Taking Cadillac from Stodgy to Sexy: Kate Walsh"
Wrapping Up Chapter 6
Connecting to the Culture
Focusing on Yesterday: You Could Guess Which Car She Came In! (Advertisement)
Focusing on Today: She's Arrived! (Advertisement)
Seeing the Big Picture: Culture Reflected in Film Looking Ahead
Analyzing the Image: All Eyes on Oscar (Photograph)
Gearing Up
Paired Selections
"Why We Crave Horror Movies"
"Horror Auteur Is Unfinished with the Undead"
"Bollywood Princess, Hollywood Hopeful: Aishwarya's Quest for Global Stardom"
The Bollywood Princess Waiting for Her Prince to Come (Photograph)
"Tyler Perry's Money Machine"
"Drag Hags"
"Shrinking the Big Screen"
"Oscar and Hollywood in Splitsville!"
"Hollywood Clicks on the Work of Web Auteurs"
"Virtual Humans"
An Unlikely Commuter (Photograph)
Wrapping Up Chapter 7
Connecting to the Culture
Focusing on Yesterday: "They're Here!" (Movie Still)
Focusing on Today: "Ring, Ring. You're Dead." (Movie Still)
American Idols: Representations of American Culture.
Looking Ahead
Analyzing the Image: New York in Las Vegas? (Photograph)
Gearing Up
"Hooters Translates in China"
"Signs of Our Times"
"The Worst Op-Ed Ever Written?"
"iPod Nation"
"'Harry Potter' and Magical Realism"
Paired Selections
"Native American Mascots: Racial Slur or Cherished Tradition?"
"Booze, Blood, and the Star-Spangled Banner"
"Material Girls"
Britney and Madonna (Photograph)
"Grand Mall Seizure"
Wrapping Up Chapter 8
Connecting to the Culture
Focusing on Yesterday: Movin' with His Boom Box (Photograph)
Focusing on Today: Travelin' to Her Own Beat (Photograph)
Evaluating and Documenting Sources
Index of Authors and Titles
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