Length: 500 words
We are asked to to write a semiotic analysis of a chosen subject/object,
tips for the assignment included that we
-dont write about natural or organic objects
(we want to analyze socio-cultural objects and their ideological meanings/functions rather than explain the definition)
– don’t focus on actual practices
(examine how the chosen subject/object is constructed)
–> Please provide visual documentation of your chosen subject/object. This does not need to be a high-quality scan; a basic screen capture will suffice. If you are worried about using toner, include a URL for your image instead. (Don’t forget!)
For this assignment you will write a short essay in the mode of Roland Barthes’ Mythologies. In the preface to the collection, he notes that his essays were inspired by current events in the two-year period of 1954-1956 and his examples drawn from heterogeneous media (“a newspaper article, a photograph in a weekly, a film, a show, an exhibition”). You should similarly feel free to write about any social phenomena or document that interests you; it need not be “literature.” Indeed one of the arguments Barthes makes is that “mythologies”—by which he means a social reality that is taken to be natural or “what-goes-without-saying”—is equally deserving, if not more so, of semiotic analysis because of the potential for “ideological abuse” that is hidden in plain sight.
–> All quotations drawn from Roland Barthes, Mythologies, trans. Annette Lavers (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1972).
–> Apart from study of your chosen myth, you will not do any external research for this assignment. It asks for your analysis only.
The teacher explains in the audio file about understanding the mode of Barthes essays, but we are asked to quote him (we can if necessary to the paper but it is not required) any other sources for that matter, since it is analysis of our own.
Audio file of explanation of the assignment little more