Messages, Signs, and Meanings can be used directly in introductory courses in semiotics, communications, media, or culture studies. Additionally, it can be used in courses dealing with cognate areas of investigation (psychology, mythology, education, literary studies, anthropology, linguistics) as a complementary or supplementary text. The text builds upon what readers already know intuitively about signs and then leads them to think critically about the world in which they live — a world saturated with images of all kinds that a basic knowledge of semiotics can help filter and deconstruct. The text also provides opportunities for readers to do hands-on semiotics through the exercises and questions for discussion that accompany each chapter. Biographical sketches of the major figures in the field are also included, as is a convenient glossary of technical terms.
About the author
MARCEL DANESI teaches on the history of puzzles at Victoria College of the University of Toronto. Danesi has written puzzles for Reader’s Digest, The Toronto Star, and also maintains a blog on puzzles for Psychology Today. He has also published several best-selling puzzle books, such as The Total Brain Workout and The Complete Brain Workout.
Other titles by Marcel Danesi
The Ultimate Brain Health Puzzle Book for Adults, Vol. 2
Even More Crosswords, Sudoku, Cryptograms, Word Searches, Logic Grids, and Calcudoku Puzzles!
Master Your Mind
Critical-Thinking Exercises and Activities to Boost Brain Power and Think Smarter
The Quest for Meaning
A Guide to Semiotic Theory and Practice, Second Edition
The Total Brain Workout
450 Puzzles to Sharpen Your Mind, Improve Your Memory & Keep Your Brain Fit
Mathematics in Ten Great Ideas
The Art of the Lie
How the Manipulation of Language Affects Our Minds
The 125 Best Brain Teasers of All Time
A Mind-Blowing Challenge of Math, Logic, and Wordplay
From Flappers to Rappers
The Origins, Evolution, and Demise of Youth Culture
Murder in Plain English
From Manifestos to Memes--Looking at Murder through the Words of Killers
The Complete Brain Workout
500 New Puzzles to Exercise Your Brain and Maximize Your Memory