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ReMix: Reading and Composing Culture Second Edition Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
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About the Author

Catherine G. Latterell is associate professor of English at Penn State Altoona where she teaches first-year composition as well as a range of other rhetoric and writing courses. In addition to composition and cultural studies, her scholarly interests include post-critical pedagogy, literacy studies, and computers and composition. Her published essays consider the interstection of theory and practice in writing programs, writing centers, and composition classrooms.
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Product Details

  • Series: Remix reading+ composition culture
  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; Second Edition edition (July 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031247668X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312476687
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unfortunately, the information/stories are outdated in it, but the stories are still pretty good. It does teach you some valuable information about composing college level sentences/stories, but all in all there are better books out there for a bit less than this book is listed for. Would I buy it again? No. If I had to buy it again, there would be a few stories that I'd read without a second thought though. My review is a bit torn, which is why I give it 3 stars. If there is ever a revision, the stories should just be updated, and all will be excellent.
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If this book is required, the seller is reliable & the price is good, but if you have a choice, avoid it. The content is as outdated as the title should lead you to believe & is glaringly obvious with its pop culture references to relate to the kids (brittany spears glory days) Some of the readings are worthwhile, but as a whole it's a bit ridiculous
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What can I saw, I had to buy it and have to read it. Its not the best book in the world, but its also not a terrible textbook. The articles in it are somewhat interesting, but not something I would recommend reading on your own. It was also nice that it wasn't HORRIBLY expensive.
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I have used Remix twice in developmental English classes. The reader presents students with a series of cultural assumptions and texts that support or challenge them. Some of the readings were too challenging for developmental-level students, so several of our developmental faculty members created a custom reader called P/Remix for developmental-level. (Ask your book rep about creating a custom edition for your population.)
The text is engaging for younger students, but some of our older learners were nervous about the more intrusive activities (I don't use the assignment about showing the contents of the student's wallets!) and found the pop culture references off-putting. However, this can be dealt with by carefully choosing readings.
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The book pages weren't in terrible condition but when i received it i was confused because it was bound in a brown cover from recycled paper and it was held loosely in a way. Also, some pages were larger than others as in part of the page was folded in because it seemed like it was cut unproperly during its publishing process .
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I am perfectly willing to admit that perhaps I have missed the whole point of this book? Initially, it appeared to me to be a "soft introduction" to critical thinking about culture, via textual artifacts extant within the culture, such as through literary and textual specimens, pictures, pop art, etc. Its methodology is set out clearly enough as "Socratic interrogation" of these items, using a heuristic framework curiously but carefully limited by the author to the following suite of variables: identity, community, tradition, romance, entertainment, nature and technology.

The shape of the dialog leaves the impression to the reader that these are the necessary and sufficient if not the "only" or "most" important things that define (and thus are needed to understand) American culture? They are laid out as if they were the "givens" of our culture. The book then proceeds to explicate our culture as it is seen through narratives shaped exclusively by (and as seen though) these cultural parameters. Arguably, this tells us what our culture is, but not where it comes from?

I admit that when it comes to formal structured thinking about culture, I have been self-taught. My eureka moment in this regard came while reading a book authored by the illustrative professor and public intellectual, Michael Eric Dyson. Dyson has his own heuristic formula for interrogating cultural texts (and artifacts). It is to ask the following questions: What is going on in the "context," the "subtext," and the "pretext," period: End of lesson, end of the Dyson heuristic.

So far, Dyson's Socratic method has yet to fail me, including (and especially) in analyzing this book.
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Some of the stories are boring, but others are quite interesting.

I've seen worse.

The quality was good-as-new.

I wouldn't buy it for personal use, but if you have to buy it for class, this seems like a great place to get it, assuming the quality is consistent. The one I got looked like it had just come off the press, not a scratch, wrinkle, or mark.
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This was not the book I ordered. I received the instructor's edition which is noted on the cover "not for resale". I'm disappointed because after I'm done with it I will not be able to resell it. I decided to keep it because I needed it in a hurry and did not have the time to return it and wait for the right copy.
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