ERIC Number: ED192321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Uses of Popular Culture in the Composition Classroom: No Apologies--No Regrets.
Lemrow, Lynne; Lemrow, Joseph H.
Magazines and comic strips are two readily available cultural artifacts that can be used by expository writing teachers. Magazines are a particularly rich source of referential material for the composition classroom, offering examples of various prose styles and formal structures. One possibility for using magazines in writing classes is a four-part unit on magazine advertising that demonstrates Erving Goffman's views on how advertising reflects and reinforces male dominance and female submissiveness as normative behavior. The unit would include an introduction to Goffman's views, a workshop in which students examined material in Goffman's terms, a prewriting discussion of ways to share conclusions about the material, and the actual writing of expository essays. A unit on comics could discuss ideas such as distinguishing between the complexities of authorial intention and the psychology of reader response, making some attempt to differentiate between the cartoonist's intent and the rhetoric employed to convey it, and employing a standard descriptive vocabulary that accounts for the psychology of comics and the parts of a comic strip. (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Regional Conference on English in the Two-Year College (Kalamazoo, MI, February 14-16, 1980).