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Sacred and profane icon-work: Jane Fonda and Elvis Presley *** Bent Sørensen Renvall Institute Guest Lecture, April 23 PowerPoint Presentation
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Sacred and profane icon-work: Jane Fonda and Elvis Presley *** Bent Sørensen Renvall Institute Guest Lecture, April 23

Sacred and profane icon-work: Jane Fonda and Elvis Presley *** Bent Sørensen Renvall Institute Guest Lecture, April 23

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  1. Sacred and profane icon-work: Jane Fonda and Elvis Presley *** Bent Sørensen Renvall Institute Guest Lecture, April 23, 2005

  2. Approaches • Cultural studies • Cultural texts • Cultural iconology • Cultural texts

  3. Icon-work Adversarial: • negative manipulation • propaganda • iconoclasm Collaborative: • fandom • worship • cult

  4. Iconicity: two modes of representation • Stylised (simplified, reduced to essentials) • Sacralised (holy, elaborate, full of significant details)

  5. Origins of the word “icon” • Religious sphere (Catholic Orthodox images of worship) • Semiotics/Informatics (Pictograms and ideograms)

  6. Marilyn Monroe

  7. Andy Warhol’s Marilyn

  8. Marilyn in Playboy

  9. Iconicity • Familiarity (fame, recognition) • Transcendence (extra-ordinary, uncommon) • Transgression (beyond normality, taboo)

  10. Our position opposite icons • Passive: we watch • Active: we imitate, impersonate

  11. Bob Dylan as Angry Young Man

  12. 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

  13. Icons and history • Icons are almost immortal • Icons are always historically specific

  14. The world’s most famous man, 1921

  15. Rudolph Valentino

  16. ELVIS • Sacralised iconicity dominates • Fetishistic, partially sadistic • Body-fixated • Fans have an oral relationship with Elvis • Worship and collaborative icon-work dominate

  17. Jane Fonda • Stylised iconicity dominates • Body-fixated (legs, buttocks, genitals) • Fetishised • Sadistic • Fans have a genital relationship with her • Adversarial icon-work dominates

  18. 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

  19. Elvis the Rebel

  20. Elvis’ first album, 1956

  21. Elvis gets G.I. Joe haircut

  22. Hollywood Elvis

  23. Elvis’ torso

  24. Leather Elvis

  25. Vegas Elvis

  26. Jumpsuit Elvis

  27. Jumpsuit patriotism

  28. “In the Ghetto” Hawaii Elvis

  29. Dead Elvis

  30. Sacred Heart of Elvis

  31. Stations of the Cross of Elvis

  32. Presleyburgers, anyone?

  33. US Stamp design A

  34. US Stamp Design B

  35. Postal election ballot

  36. The Winner is...

  37. Christopher Rywalt’s Elvis Icon

  38. Elvis fiction

  39. The trademark grin

  40. Elvis Detective Fiction

  41. Elvis’ letter to the President Elvis meets Nixon in the White House

  42. Handshake: Let’s fight drugs together

  43. A match made in Heaven

  44. Jane Fonda’s 2nd Oscar winning performance

  45. “Hanoi Jane”

  46. Fonda personalities • Little girl Jane • Barbarella • Hanoi Jane • Oscar Jane • Workout Jane • High Society Jane • Born Again Jane

  47. Innocent Jane

  48. Leggy Jane

  49. Sunday in N.Y. publicity photo

  50. Jane goes West