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Students live in a "remix culture" -- a do-it-yourself, collaborative, and creative culture in which they are the writers, designers, and creators. ReMix brings this creativity to the composition classroom by asking students to investigate the world around them, to question the assumptions behind everyday concepts such as identity, community, and technology, and to compose meaningful verbal and visual texts that speak to the culture they live in. With a mix of humor and analysis, ReMix inspires students to ask: Why do I think the way I do? What is my relationship to the culture around me? Am I truly, as one advertisement claims, "my playlist"? At last, here is a cultural studies reader that students will want to respond to.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312430184
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 12/30/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 848
  • Product dimensions: 6.53 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

CATHERINE G. LATTERELL (Ph.D Michigan Tech) is associate professor of English at Penn State - Altoona where she teaches first-year rhetoric and composition, as well as advanced writing courses. Her research combines composition theory, cultural theory, and critical pedagogy to explore issues such as teacher training and curriculum development. Her publications include "Re-experiencing the Ordinary: Assignments that Map Technology's Impact on Everyday Life," in Practice in Context: Situating the Work of Writing Teachers from NCTE, and The Dissertation and the Discipline: Reinventing Composition Studies (coedited with Nancy Welch, Cindy Moore, and Sheila Carter-Tod) from Boynton Cook.

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Table of Contents


1. Identity... or, What's in Your Wallet?
Visuals Include: wallet, birth certificate, identikit, Mean Girls poster, self-portraits, tattoos, cartoon, photo-booth portraits, Dave Chapelle, Bono, Jim Morrison, Ray Orbison, Elvis OPENING ASSIGNMENT
Examining the Everyday: Wallets and Identity
Introduction In the Mix
Emily White, High School's Secret Life
Found Document: The common features of cliques (from
Paired Readings: Focus on Gender
Kathy Wilson, Dude Looks Like a Lady
Andrew Sullivan, "The 'He' Hormone"
Adam Cline, Defining My Identity
Photo Essay: September 11 tattoos
Paired Readings: Focus on Language
Gloria AnzaldĂșa, How to Tame a Wild Tongue
Firoozeh Dumas, The 'F' Word
Comic Sidebar: Dave Chapelle on identity
Russell Thornton, What the Census Doesn't Count
Michelle Lee, The Fashion Victim's Ten Commandments
Cartoon: Shannon Wheeler, I Hated Journey, from Too Much Coffee Man
SAMPLING THE OLD & NEW: In the photobooth: 1927 v. 2005
Mixing Words and Images:
Creating an Identi-Kit
Connecting to Culture: Suggestions for Writing
1. How to Belong: A Critical Analysis of Cool
2. Looking the Part: Deconstructing Personal Fashion
3. Interrogating Assumptions: What Makes Us Who We Are?

2. Community... or, Are These Your People?
Visuals Include: Nike poster, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, New Yorker cartoons, Cameron Crowe, Janeane Garafalo, Friendster screens, a Florida retirement community, graffiti, Chicago's Westside High School OPENING ASSIGNMENT
Examining the Everyday: Community and Shoes
Introduction In the Mix
Cameron Crowe, The Backstage Pass
John A. Hostetler, The Amish Charter
Mim Udovitch, A Secret Society of the Starving
Richard Rodriguez, "Blaxicans" and other Invented Americans
Paired Readings: Focus on Place
Kathleen Norris, Can you Tell the Truth in a Small Town?
Maya Angelou, Reclaiming our Home Place
Adam Karo, Ruminations on College Life: Campus Characters
David Brooks, Our Sprawling, Supersize Utopia
Comic Sidebar: Janeane Garafalo on (Not) Being Nice
Paired Readings: Focus on Networks
Andrew Leonard, You Are Who You Know
Jennifer Bishop Fullwiler, An Ode to Friendster
Found Document: Communities about Town (from, San Francisco)
Photo Essay: Peter Granser and Bill Donahue, The Land of the Setting Sun
SAMPLING THE OLD & NEW: Marking community: Graffiti v. Warchalks
Mixing Words and Images: Picturing Communities
Connecting to Culture: Suggestions for Writing
1. Network Connections: Mapping Your Social Identity
2. Reality Check: Evaluating Virtual Communities
3. Interrogating Assumptions: How Do Communities Function?

3. Tradition... or, Why Would You Eat That?
Visuals Include: deep-fried Twinkie, Polish holiday stamp, political statement ribbons, last meals photos, Jon Stewart, holiday cartoons, Norman Rockwell painting, memorial tee-shirts, WW I memorial, 9/11 beams of light, Adbusters' poster OPENING ASSIGNMENT
Examining the Everyday: Tradition and Deep-Fried Twinkies
Found Document: Dyngus Day: Prepare to Polka (from
In the Mix
Paired Readings: Focus on Family
Ana Castillo, Bowing Out
Richard Pillsbury, Thoroughly Modern Dining
Charles Bowden, Last Meals and the People who Eat Them"
Photo Essay: Celia A. Shapiro, Last Meals
Jon Stewart, Commencement Address
Paired Readings: Focus on Campus
David Berreby, It Takes a Tribe
Laura Randall, Things You Only Do in College
Ayana D. Bryd and Lori L. Tharps, The Rituals of Black Hair Culture
Garrison Keillor, A Wobegon Holiday Dinner
Comic Sidebar: David Sedaris on holidays
Natalie Guice Adams and Pamela J. Bettis, Cheerleader! An American Icon
Brent Staples, The Star-Spangled Hard Hat
Jen Shreve, A Fitting Memorial: The Commemorative T-Shirt
SAMPLING THE OLD & NEW: Memorials: 1918 v. 2005
Gamaliel Padilla, Moshing Etiquette
Mixing Words and Images: Inventing an American Holiday
Connecting to Culture: Suggestions for Writing
1. Rocking the Mainstream: An Analysis of Counter Traditions
2. Defining America: A Look at Civic Rituals and Public Spectacles
3. American Diet as Tradition: Are we What We Eat?
4. Interrogating Assumptions: How Do Traditions Define Us?

4. Romance... or, What's Love Got to Do With It?
Visuals Include: ladder, Onion article, screen, screen, New Yorker cartoon, same-sex wedding figurines, P. Diddy, vintage valentine, online profile, couples photos, Chris Rock, wedding announcements, "Bittersweets" candy hearts OPENING ASSIGNMENT
Examining the Everyday: Love and Ladders
Introduction In the Mix
David Sedaris, The End of the Affair
Comic Sidebar: P. Diddy on Love Story
Jennifer Egan, Love in the Time of No Time
Found Document: Abbreviations in Personal Ads (from
SAMPLING THE OLD & NEW: Inviting love: a 19th C valentine v. an online profile
Sasha Cagen, People Like Us: The Quirkyalones
Clustered Readings: Focus on Dating Rules
Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider, Rule: Don't Talk to a Man First
Samantha Daniels, 20 Simple Tips for the Perfect Date
Dave Singleton, The ManDates: Rules for Successful Gay Dating
Laura Kipnis, Against Love
Comic Sidebar: Chris Rock on marriage
bell hooks, Baba and Daddy Gus
Mo Brownsey, The L Word
Jon Katz, Petophilia
Paired Readings: Focus on Women
Scott Russell Sanders, Looking at Women
Benedict Carey, The Brain in Love
Clustered Readings: Focus on the Wedding
Caitlin Leffel, The Look of Love: Wedding Announcements
Lois Smith Brady, Announcement: Victoria Dunn and Terrance Jones
New York Times, Announcement: Daniel Gross and Steven Goldstein
Mixing Words and Images:
Creating an Alternative Valentine
Connecting to Culture: Suggestions for Writing
1. A Dialogue Essay on Romance What is Love Now?
2. Investigating Attraction: Are You Hot Or Not?
3. A Critical Analysis: Is TV Love Anything Like Real-Life Love?
4. Interrogating Assumptions: What's Love Got to Do with it?

5. Entertainment... or, Why are You so Bored?
Visuals Include: iPod ad, Miss America of 1921, Marilyn Manson, The Simpsons, Britney Spears, Ellen DeGeneres, Team America poster, New Yorker cartoons, roadside attractions, early movie theater photos, Samuel L. Jackson, "The Lords of Light" gamers OPENING ASSIGNMENT
Examining the Everyday: Entertainment and Playlists
Introduction In the Mix
Paired Readings: Focus on Pop-stardom
Adam Sternbergh, Britney Spears: The Pop Tart in Winter
Britney Spears, Letter of Truth
Comic Sidebar: Ellen DeGeneres on celebrity
Katie Roiphe, Profiles Encouraged
Pete Rojas, Bootleg Culture
Alain de Botton, Comedy
John Margolies, Amazing! Incredible! Roadside Attractions
David Nasaw, The Pernicious "Moving Picture" Abomination
Paired Readings: Focus on Hollywood
David Sterritt, Face of an Angel
Samuel L. Jackson, In Character
Ira Glass, Howard and Me
Paired Readings: Focus on Reality TV
Jennifer Pozner, The Unreal World
Kevin Arnovitz, Virtual Dictionary
Found Document: Reality Casting Call: MTV "Trash Talking" (from
SAMPLING THE OLD & NEW: TV Families: The Partridge Family v. The Osbournes
Hemal Jhaveri, Queer Eye: Searching for a Real Gay Man
Sarah Vowell, Pop-a-Shot
Mixing Words and Images:
Creating a Blog
Connecting to Culture: Suggestions for Writing
1. Boredom Overload: A Diary of TV-Watching
2. From block parties to fairs: How does your community have fun?
3. Why This Does(n't) Matter: Making Your Case about Reality TV
4. Defining Modern American Humor
5. Interrogating Assumptions: Is this Entertaining?

6. Nature... or, What's so Natural About Nature?
Visuals Include: Ivory Soap package, Royal Pine air freshener, taxidermy convention, "jackalope" postcard, nature calendars, Wangari Maathai, Jonathan Swift, plastic surgery Web sites, phrenology diagram, MRI photo, The Clones movie poster OPENING ASSIGNMENT
Examining the Everyday: Nature and Soap
Introduction In the Mix
Susan Orlean, Lifelike
Barry Lopez, The American Geographies
Diane Ackerman, We Are All a Part of Nature
Wangari Maathai, Nobel Speech
Paired Readings: Focus on Medicine
Carl Elliott, American Bioscience Meets the American Dream
Christine Rosen, You, Only Better
Found Document: Most popular plastic surgeries
SAMPLING THE OLD & NEW: Ideas in science: phrenology v. the MRI
Jason Hill, Save Lives! Defy Nature!
Four responses to Hill's essay
Comic Sidebar: Jonathan Swift on a modest proposal
Lewis Thomas, On Cloning a Human Being
Steven Pinker, Against Nature
Susan McCarthy, On Immortality
Eric Schlosser, Why McDonald's Fries Taste so Good
Found Document: Ingredients of McDonald's French Fries
Annie Dillard, Living Like Weasels
Found Document: Weasels Explained
Comic Sidebar: George Carlin on his Favorite Animals
Mixing Words and Images:
"Unidealizing Nature: Designing a Calendar, Poster, Postcard, or Cartoon
Connecting to Culture: Suggestions for Writing
1. Analyzing Advertising: How is nature sold (out)?
2. Investigating the Food Industry: What makes apples red and tomatoes juicy?
3. Preserving Nature: Proposing a Nature Trail
4. Integrating Assumptions: What's "natural"?

7. Technology... or, Could You Live Without the Zipper?
Visuals Include: 19th Century "hookless fastener," Swiss Army Knife, images of "The Future," lifelike products, ATM receipt, sample Weblogs, cartoons, Mir space station, Ben Stiller, 1964 ad for "Picturephone," Web cam image OPENING ASSIGNMENT
Examining the Everyday: Technology and the Zipper
Introduction In the Mix
Ellen DeGeneres, This Is How We Live
Found Document: "Dear Cell Phone User" card
Langdon Winner, Technological Somnambulism
Thomas Hine, Looking Alive: The Objects Around Us
Found Document: Predictions from the 1950s
Clustered Readings: Focus on Everyday Objects
Malcolm Gladwell, Smaller: The Disposable Diaper and the Meaning of Progress
Gustav Peebles, A Wicked Cheat
Harper's, An Annotated ATM Receipt
Neil Postman, Invisible Technologies
Clustered Readings: Focus on the Blog
Bonnie Nardi, et al., Why We Blog
Sample Blogs: Carmel's blog, student at Simmons College; Garret's profile and blog, student at the University of Missouri;, a blog for women in technology
Found Document: A Definition of Weblog (from Jill Walker)
Ellen Ullman, The Museum of Me
The Onion, New Technological Breakthrough to Fix Problems of Previous Breakthrough
Comic Sidebar: Ben Stiller on failed inventions
SAMPLING THE OLD & NEW: Talking face 2 face: The 1964 "Picturephone" v. Web cam
Clarence Page, Should We Still Be Involved in Space Exploration?
Atul Gawande, The Learning Curve
Daniel Harris, Cleanness
Mixing Words and Images: Annotating a Technological Object
Connecting to Culture: Suggestions for Writing
1. Examining Technology: How does it affect community?
2. Blog This: Responding to Technology Cheerleaders and Critics
3. Tracing the Transformation of the Internet: Using the WayBack Machine
4. Integrating Assumptions: What is progress?

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