Take the New Historicism and Cultural Criticism Quiz!
Do you believe in a god or gods? Do you think capitalism or liberalism or human rights are "normal" and good concepts? If your answer to the first question was "no," and your answer to the second was "yes," what will you have to do to understand works by authors who assume the answers are "yes" and "no." All cultural productions are filled with many such "over-coded" signifiers (Umberto Eco, A Theory of Semiotics, 133-5) .