The Photograph

The holly and the berry
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown...


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Current: Danbury, CT, United States
Welcome! A few years ago, I discovered an application that artists employ in their works to bring cultural awareness to their audiences. Having discerned this semiotic theory that applies to literature, music, art, film, and the media, I have devoted the blog, "Theory of Iconic Realism" to explore this theory. The link to the publisher of my book is below. If you or your university would like a copy of this book for your library or if you would like to review it for a scholarly journal, please contact the Edwin Mellen Press at the link listed below. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Thank you for visiting. I hope you will find the information insightful. ~ Dr. Jeanne Iris
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I have demonstrated or will demonstrate the application of this theory at the following locations:
April, 2016 @ University of Notre Dame:
A 'Daughter of Attila' Speaks: The Semiotic Theory of Iconic Realism in the Cultural Identity of Irish Celts and Magyars
November, 2016 @ Massachusetts Maritime Academy:
"A Terrible Beauty is Born"...The Semiotic Theory of Iconic Realism and William Butler Yeats' poem, Easter 1916
Dates pending: I will present the theory of iconic realism at universities and art institutes which have purchased my book.

19 May, 2009

Angels and Demons and Iconic Realism

The current film, Angels & Demons by Dan Brown, directed by Ron Howard, is an excellent illustration of iconic realism. Here, the author places a representative of the powerful Catholic Church, based on faith, in a scientific environment. The result of this juxtaposition is the audience's illumination of cultural belief systems.


  1. Haven't seen the film,but that's a good soundtrack,interesting blend of orchestral and electronic.

  2. Hey TFE! I agree with your critique. The violin solo followed by a building orchestral crescendo, leading to an electronic mix with me goosebumps!

    I haven't seen the movie, yet, either. I usually wait for the theatres to empty a bit before I go to see popular films. However, the book was good, and when I heard this soundtrack, well, it just made my yearning to see the movie even greater.
    hmmm....maybe this week...yes! I'll view the movie and report back next week.