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Students come to college already equipped with plenty of knowledge about popular culture and are more than ready to talk about the topics that interest them. Mirror on America: Short Essays and Images from Popular Culture draws on that knowledge and interest and gives students the context they need to understand the culture around them. Composed primarily of short, high-interest essays and rich visual images, the text's thematic chapters present material that students will already be familiar with, but in new and provocative ways. Abundant apparatus guides their responses and helps them think and write critically about American popular culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312399337
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

JOAN T. MIMS has been a manager and language arts specialist with the Texas Education Agency, working on development and scoring of the statewide writing assessments. She taught composition at West Chester University for 13 years and has extensive experience with developmental students.

ELIZABETH M. NOLLEN has taught basic writing, composition, film, and literature courses in the English department at West Chester University for the last 18 years. She has been active in the English component of pre-college programs, given numerous papers at the Popular Culture Association, and has published Family Matters in the British and American Novel with Bowling Green State University Popular Press.

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Table of Contents

  1. Active, Involved Reading and the Writing Process: Establishing the Connection
    Reading with a Difference
       Getting Into Reading
       Thinking Ahead
       Increasing Your Vocabulary
       Reading a Sample Essay
   *David Jacobson, Pop CultureTurns 25
   *Eric L. Wee, Schlock Waves Felt Across U.S. Campuses
       Thinking about the Reading
    Writing with a Difference
       Getting Into Writing
       Planning Purpose, Audience, and Attitude
       Hooking the Reader
       Identifying a Thesis
       Supporting a 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
       Gainingfrom the Effort
   *Anabel F. Hart, The Importance of Reflecting on Popular Culture (student essay)
  2. Deconstructing Media: Analyzing a Visual
    Reading a Visual
    The Message of Media
       Asking the Right Questions
       Taking It Apart
       To Have and To Hold (photograph)
       Mallard Fillmore (cartoon)
    Writing about a Visual
      *Monumental Taste (advertisement)
      *Robert E. Arthur, Monumental Taste: Using Patriotism to Market Diet Cola (student essay)
  3. Define "American": Reflections on Cultural Identity
    Looking Ahead: Like Mother – Not Likely (photograph)
    Gearing Up
    Susan Brady Konig, They've Got to Be Carefully Taught
    Julia Alvarez, I Want to Be Miss America
   *There They Were (photograph)
    Lorraine Ali, Do I Look Like Public Enemy Number One?
   *Andrew Nelson, Wilma Mankiller
   *Christopher Stahl, I Ruck, Therefore I Am
        Jon Katz, How Boys Become Men
      *J. Peder Zane, Men Peek Out from the Cave
    Wrapping up Chapter 3
   *Focusing on Yesterday: Norman Rockwell, Freedom From Want (painting)
   *Focusing on Today: Charlie Powell, The New American Thanksgiving (painting)
    Reflecting on Writing
    Connecting to the Culture
  4. Tell Me What You Don't Like about Yourself: Cultural Reflections on Body Image
   *Looking Ahead: American Gothic Plastic Surgery (painting)
    Gearing Up
   *Garry Trudeau, My Inner Shrimp
    Grace Suh, The Eye of the Beholder
    H.D., Dying to be Bigger
   *Alice Walker, Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self
   *Gaby Wood, Meet Marnie
       Patricia McLaughlin, Venus Envy
      *Dan Barden, My New Nose
    Wrapping up Chapter 4
    Focusing on Yesterday: When Big Was Beautiful (painting)
    Focusing on Today: A Real-Life Barbie Doll (advertisement)
    Reflecting on Writing
     Connecting to the Culture
  5. The Fabric of Our Lives: Fashion Trends and the Messages They Send
   *Looking Ahead: D & G Men's Show, Italy (photograph)
    Gearing Up
    Read Mercer Schuchardt, Swoosh!
    John Leo, The "Modern" Primitive
    Body Rites (advertisement)
    Ruth La Ferla, Latino Style is Cool. Oh, All Right: It's Hot
    Hayley Kaufman, Belly-Baring Fad Not Cute as a Button
   *David Carr, On Covers of Many Magazines, a Full Racial Palette is Still Rare
       Delia Cleveland, Champagne Taste, Beer Budget
       Damien Cave, The Tyranny of "Abercrappie"
    Wrapping Up Chapter 5
   *Focusing on Yesterday: Hathaway Man (advertisement)
   *Focusing on Today: Sketchers (advertisement)
    Reflecting on the Writing
    Connecting to the Culture
  6. Fantasies for Sale: Marketing American Culture
   *Looking Ahead: Declaration of Independence (advertisement)
    Gearing Up
    John Follis, Mad Ave.
    Jay Chiat, Illusions are Forever
    John Leo, The Selling of Rebellion
   *Dan Cook, Lunchbox Hegemony: Kids and the Marketplace, Then and Now
   *Shirley and Son (cartoon)
   *Jennifer Pozner, Triumph of the Shill
       Tara Parker-Pope, Custom Made
      *David Streitfeld, India Call SitesTeach Lessons in America
    Wrapping Up Chapter 6
    Focusing on Yesterday: Aunt Jemima (advertisement)
    Focusing on Today: Haagen Dazs (advertisement)
    Reflecting on the Writing
    Connecting to the Culture
  7. Flickering Illusions: Television and Movie Messages
   *Looking Ahead: She's Got Your Eyes (photograph)
    Gearing Up
    Stephen King, Why We Crave Horror Movies
   *Hemal Jhaveri, Searching for a Real Gay Man
   *James Poniewozik, Reconsidering Friends
    Louise Kennedy, Barrier Between Adult's and Children's Entertainment is Breaking Down
   *Douglas Cruickshank, Crazy forDysfunction
      *Heather Havrilesky, Three Cheers for Reality TV
      *Emily Eakin, Greeting Big Brother with Open Arms
    Wrapping Up Chapter 7
    Focusing on Yesterday: Psycho Scream (movie still)
    Focusing on Today: Scream Scream (movie still)
    Reflecting on the Writing
    Connecting to the Culture
  8. And Where's the Beat Gone? How Pop Culture Swings Music
   *Looking Ahead: Britney and Madonna (photograph)
    Gearing Up
    Lorraine Ali, Same Old Song
    Stephen Corey, A Voice for the Lonely
    Richard Lacayo, Rock of Ages
   *Does Sex Still Sell
   *Andrew Leonard, The Digital Music Renaissance
      *John H. McWhorter, How Hip-Hop Holds Blacks Back
       Jamilah Evelyn, To the Academy with Love, from a Hip Hop Fan
    Wrapping Up Chapter 8
   *Focusing on Yesterday: Woman with Radio (photography)
   *Focusing on Today: iPod (photograph)
    Reflecting on the Writing
    Connecting to the Culture
  9. This Blog's 4 U: Pop Culture Powers Up
   *Looking Ahead: Just a Click Away (photograph)
    Gearing Up
   *Joe Stafford, Welcome to Your Second Life
   *From The Guardian, Text Messaging
   *Steven Levy, iPod Nation
   *William Safire, Blog
   *James Pethokoukis, Our BiotechBodies, Ourselves
      *Alex Wright, From Ivory Tower to Academic Sweatshop
      *Vicky Phillips, Education in the Ether
    Wrapping Up Chapter 9
   *Focusing on Yesterday: Family Playing Chess (photograph)
   *Focusing on Today: Young Girl with Computer (photograph)
    Reflecting on the Writing
    Connecting to the Culture
  Evaluating and Documenting Sources
  Rhetorical Table of Contents
  Index of Titles and Authors
   *new to this edition
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