Artistic Expression and Culture – A Reading Reflection

| November 20, 2015

PLEASE GOOGLE AND READ “Individualism as an American Cultural Value,” by Natadecha-Sponsel BEFORE ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS

If we think of language as a form of art that creates meaning, we must consider how that artistic expression is both conveyed and received. For example, Natadecha-Sponsel, in her essay, “Individualism as an American Cultural Value,” turns typical “American expressions” upside down. By looking at simple, everyday greetings such as “How are you?” from the perspective of a culture that expects a realistic and detailed explanation, the author conveys an argument that cultural differences are imbedded in the very nuances of our language.

Select “Individualism as an American Cultural Value,” Then, ask yourself how this representation deepened your appreciation of another culture? What techniques does the author use to promote this appreciation? Pay particular attention to the literary elements used to create dynamic, fully-rendered representations of other global citizens, their regions, and artistic expression as a form of work that differs from traditional Western form and content?

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

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