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Sacred and profane icon-work: Jane Fonda and Elvis Presley *** Bent Sørensen Renvall Institute Guest Lecture, April 23, 2005 Approaches Cultural studies Cultural texts Cultural iconology Cultural texts Icon-work Adversarial: negative manipulation propaganda iconoclasm

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Sacred and profane icon-work:

Jane Fonda and Elvis Presley

***

Bent Sørensen

Renvall Institute Guest Lecture,

April 23, 2005

approaches
Approaches
  • Cultural studies
  • Cultural texts
  • Cultural iconology
  • Cultural texts
icon work
Icon-work

Adversarial:

  • negative manipulation
  • propaganda
  • iconoclasm

Collaborative:

  • fandom
  • worship
  • cult
iconicity two modes of representation
Iconicity: two modes of representation
  • Stylised (simplified, reduced to essentials)
  • Sacralised (holy, elaborate, full of significant details)
origins of the word icon
Origins of the word “icon”
  • Religious sphere (Catholic Orthodox images of worship)
  • Semiotics/Informatics (Pictograms and ideograms)
iconicity
Iconicity
  • Familiarity (fame, recognition)
  • Transcendence (extra-ordinary, uncommon)
  • Transgression (beyond normality, taboo)
our position opposite icons
Our position opposite icons
  • Passive: we watch
  • Active: we imitate, impersonate
our relationship to icons
Our relationship to icons
  • Worshippers (voyeurs, fans - we idolize the icons) - we desire communication
  • Consumers (buyers of icon products, we use them (up)) - we desire communion
icons and history
Icons and history
  • Icons are almost immortal
  • Icons are always historically specific
elvis
ELVIS
  • Sacralised iconicity dominates
  • Fetishistic, partially sadistic
  • Body-fixated
  • Fans have an oral relationship with Elvis
  • Worship and collaborative icon-work dominate
jane fonda
Jane Fonda
  • Stylised iconicity dominates
  • Body-fixated (legs, buttocks, genitals)
  • Fetishised
  • Sadistic
  • Fans have a genital relationship with her
  • Adversarial icon-work dominates
elvis personalities
Elvis personalities
  • Elvis-the-Pelvis
  • Rebel Elvis
  • Army Elvis
  • Hollywood Elvis
  • Leather Elvis
  • Vegas Elvis
  • Hawaii Elvis
  • Elvis of the giant Jumpsuits
  • Burger Elvis
  • Post Elvis
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Elvis’ letter

to the President

Elvis meets Nixon in the White House

fonda personalities
Fonda personalities
  • Little girl Jane
  • Barbarella
  • Hanoi Jane
  • Oscar Jane
  • Workout Jane
  • High Society Jane
  • Born Again Jane
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With Ted Turner,

3rd husband

Owner of the Atlanta Braves, CNN and Turner Movies