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Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things

An Introduction to Semiotics

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Marcel Danesi
    Pages 1-21
  3. Marcel Danesi
    Pages 23-46
  4. Marcel Danesi
    Pages 47-67
  5. Marcel Danesi
    Pages 69-90
  6. Marcel Danesi
    Pages 91-114
  7. Marcel Danesi
    Pages 115-138
  8. Marcel Danesi
    Pages 139-156
  9. Marcel Danesi
    Pages 157-176
  10. Marcel Danesi
    Pages 177-194
  11. Marcel Danesi
    Pages 195-217
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 219-235

About this book


Why do people routinely risk their health by smoking cigarettes? Why do some females make walking a struggle by donning high heels? In a fully updated edition, the author attempts to answer such questions by explaining the discipline that endeavors to understand the human meaning quest: semiotics.


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About the authors

Marcel Danesi is Director of the Program in Semiotics and Communication Theory and Professor of Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is the author of many books, including Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things; X-Rated! The Power of Mythic Symbolism in Popular Culture; and The History of the Kiss: The Birth of Popular Culture. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1998, founded a research center (Center for Communication and Information Sciences), and is the Editor in Chief of Semiotica. Danesi's work has been featured in the New York Times, Toronto Star, and Psychology Today, among other print publications, and he has been a guest on broadcast outlets such as National Public Radio.

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'It's been years since I lit up a cigarette, but I found this book enlightening. Long life to the Enlightenment!'- Umberto Eco