Saturday, February 04, 2006

Triumph of the Iconic over the Image

The iconic Ian Penman/The Pillbox's on-going hilarious, ominous dread-sequence of posts concerning the contemporary ubiquitous ironic-iconic-ic[hr]onic fetish, here, there, thereabouts, and hereabouts, might virtiginously benefit from some added uncompromising despair ...

The most iconic entertainers of

bryce lankard is iconic

ICONIC TURN - Willkommen

... Robot: Ever Closer to Iconic Status

... iconic image: Clark Kent

Iconic Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch...

Iconic Eisenhower en España, 1959

An iconic group of soldiers

Iconic Images of War

Iconic Phare

30th anniversary of Iconic Apollo 11

Iconic Iconic Iconic

Iconic cat-lover voted out of the Big Brother House.

Iconic Rebel British Lawmaker Galloway Censored

If you [repeatedly] throw enough shit against the wall, some of it's bound to stick ...


Blogger Mark Kaplan said...

Hi, I've been roped into teaching a course on icons & iconicity, as it happens. If you have any suggestions on relevant theoretical stuff, I wonder if you might email me:

6:23 PM  
Blogger Padraig said...

Hi Mark,

Thanks for your inquiry.

As the topic is so tied in with semiotics/semiology it isn't always easy to isolate. Nevertheless, I hope a few of the following links/references will be of some - central - assistance:

The names Umberto Eco, Christian Metz, and Charles S Pierce immediately come to mind.

That There Are Many Kinds of Iconic Signs, Göran Sonesson

Iconicity in Language and Literature [abstracts of papers on examples of Iconicity in the arts]

Umberto Eco’s A Theory of Semiotics

Also Umberto Eco’s Travels in Hyperreality , with reference to iconic images in Casablanca.

Christian Metz - review of film language

Very introductory Drive-Thru Film Theory Semiotics

Semiotics: Reading List

Is this on the right track?

[given the current world response to certain [iconic] "cartoons," such a course should certainly prove topical ... :-)]

11:19 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

You might also be interested in the work of Richard Stites, see esp. top result here.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Padraig said...

Thanks for that ref Matt.

Some amazing imagery there revealed, despite Lenin's preoccupation with "getting the Word out".

10:44 PM  

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