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Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things: An Introduction to Semiotics

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Why is it that certain members of the human species routinely put their survival at risk by smoking cigarettes? Why is it that some females make walking a struggle for themselves by donning high heel footwear? This book attempts to answer such questions. Such risky behaviors are obviously shaped by forces other than the instincts. Indeed, for no manifest genetic reason, hu ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 15th 1999 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Nov 15, 2007 Oriana marked it as to-read
Heh. I wrote a paper in college on the semiotics of smoking. One of my fervent non-smoking friends read it and said I can't believe I'm saying this, but this really makes me want to have a cigarette. Don't worry, though, he didn't.
Evan Rocher
This is a solid introduction to semiotics. The first two chapters delve into theory and technical definitions. They're very approachable, at no point did I feel like I was being assaulted with jargon or get confused. The next chapters use a simple sketch as a jumping off point, talking about various things in society that may be of semiotic interest (pop culture/advertising, fashion, art, technology, language, etc). These explanations aren't terribly deep and seem pretty intuitive once you get t ...more
I only stopped reading this one because I was going through it in small chunks and had renewed it from the library several times already..

Very interesting.. makes you stop and think about all actions and thoughts and expectations and behaviour and why that is the norm for today.

Looked into history and development of trends / behaviour / appearance etc, and comparison of cultures.

Only slightly irritating thing was that it didn't delve too deeply into explanations - I feel I have to do a lot of my
This is a great book about semiotics (study of signs) there are some very intersting chapters on High Heels and why women wear them, and how other things are seen as sexual even though "we" may not be intending to exude sexuality.
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I'm already interested in semiotics thanks to my philosophy and lit theory classes, so I can only hope that this book won't disappoint.
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Marcel Danesi (b. Marcello Danesi, 1946) is a current Professor of Semiotics and Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He is known for his work in language, communications, and semiotics; being Director of the Program in Semiotics and Communication Theory. He has also held positions at Rutgers University (1972), The University of Rome "La Sapienza" (1988), the Catholic University o ...more
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