How well can you decode the signs that permeate our daily lives? All of us, consciously or not, constantly engage in the acts of reading and interpreting the signs in the world around us. But how do we sharpen these skills, deepen our awareness of meaning in a complex world, and ultimately reach our full potential as university writers? This book answers the needs of students of composition, culture studies, and literature, providing a process-orientated guide to analyzing anything.
In plain language, Fraser and Davidson present a logical set of instructions on how to perform semiotic analysis and how to develop compelling interpretations. The central idea is that analytical writing can be performed on any kind of text. The authors move from theory to practice, and offer a clear trajectory from selecting a phenomenon to analyze, to generating ideas, to drafting a lively, insightful essay. This is the textbook of choice for all students of writing.
'An excellent book about how to develop critical judgement, and a very lively exploration of human understanding. Analyze Anything does what it claims, and it does it with style.' Dr Graeme Harper, Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Honors College, Oakland University, USA
Contents: 1. Introduction \ 2. Choosing a Sign to Analyze \ 3. Questioning and Staging the Sign \ 4. Generating Ideas about Meaning \ 5. Building Essays around Your Ideas \ 6. Analytical Exercises \ Bibliography \ Index