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Jack F Solomon

Jack F Solomon Professor
PhD (1981) Harvard University
Office: Sierra Tower Room, 835
Phone: Telephone: (818) 677-0906
Email: james.solomon@csun.edu
Web Site: http://blogs.bedfordstmartins.com/bits/author/solomon/

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My professional work breaks down into three periods, all interconnected by semiotics.  The first period (1978-1980), constituted my doctoral dissertation, which explored a theory of literary criticism informed by formal semiotics and analytic philosophy, and concluded in my dissertation, Semantic Poetics: A Theory of Conceptual Form.  The second period (1981-1988) was devoted to a critique of poststructural semiotics and philosophy, which (as informed by the scientific philosophy of Karl Popper) opposed Peircean semiotics to Saussurean semiology, and concluded with the publication of Discourse and Reference in the Nuclear Age (1988), along with articles in such journals as Semiotica, The American Journal of Semiotics, Sub-Stance, Names, and Modern Philology.  The third period (1986—the present) began as I was proofreading Discourse and Reference, when I was serendipitously offered a chance to write a book on popular cultural semiotics.  That book, The Signs of Our Time (1988), was reprinted in paperback in 1990 as a Harper/Collins Perennial Book, and translated into Japanese for Maruzen Press in 1992.  Its wide use in composition classrooms, and the reprinting of a number of its chapters in composition anthologies, led to the publication of Signs of Life in the USA (Bedford/St.Martins, first edition, 1994), the first composition textbook to employ semiotics in a thematic reader on popular culture.  Signs of Life (8th edition due 1/15) is available in an e-book format as well as paperback.  I have also published three editions of California Dreams and Realities, a cultural studies reader devoted to California culture, history, and politics.

I have taught at Harvard University, UCLA, and California State University, Northridge, where I was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award in  2004. Currently I am serving as CSUN Director of Academic Assessment and Program Review.




Discourse and Reference in the Nuclear Age (1988)

The Signs of Our Time: Semiotics: The Hidden Messages of Environments, Objects, and Cultural Images (1988)

The Signs of Our Time: The Secret Meanings of Everyday Life (Perennial Library reprint, 1990)

Amerika no sugao : bunka ni miru mozaiku moyō (Maruzen 1992, trans. Michiko Takeuchi)

California Dreams and Realities (with Sonia Maasik, 3d edition 2005)

Signs of Life in the USA (with Sonia Maasik, 8th edition forthcoming 1/15)