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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (Nov. 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230610684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230610682
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,231,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Danesi is a giant in the semiotics of popular culture and has completely reinvigorated a field that has seen too many faux analyses of pop music, cult TV, and fan texts. Through the analyses of the feminine, the sacred and the profane, and the contemporary i-world, to the ubiquitous irrationality of the occult, X-Rated! repeatedly refreshes the parts that other textbooks don’t even reach.”—Paul Cobley, Reader in Communications, London Metropolitan University

 “Marcel Danesi is one very hip and very cool scholar. His book does a superb job of explaining and applying ideas from the most important cultural theorists and media scholars to pop culture in an accessible, instructive, and highly entertaining manner. Offering brilliant insights into everything from Deep Throat to postmodernism, from ‘V’ power to X-rated films, from the sacred and the profane to Satanism, the book is required reading for anyone interested in pop culture, media criticism, and cultural studies.”—Arthur Asa Berger, Professor Emeritus, Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts, San Francisco State University

Praise for Danesi's Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things:
"It's been years since I lit up a cigarette, but I found this book enlightening. Long life to the Enlightenment!"—Umberto Eco

About the Author

Marcel Danesi is Professor of Semiotics and Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He is respected for his work in several areas of semiotic study, including youth culture and metaphor. Among his major publications are Vico, Metaphor, and The Origins of Language; Cool: The Signs and Meanings of Adolescence; The Puzzle Instinct: The Meaning of Puzzles in Human Life; Brands; and Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Semiotica, the leading journal in semiotics.

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