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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:
November, 2016 @ Massachusetts Maritime Academy:
"A Terrible Beauty is Born"...The Semiotic Theory of Iconic Realism and William Butler Yeats' poem, Easter 1916
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
Dates pending: I will present the theory of iconic realism at universities and art institutes which have purchased my book.

04 July, 2009

The Great Escape and Iconic Realism

I was channel surfing the other day and landed on The Great Escape, a 1963 film directed by John Sturges. I couldn't help notice that this film illustrates the semiotic theory of iconic realism in that the audience perceives icons of both freedom and constraint through character representation of the Allied prisoners of WWII and the German Gestapo. As the film progresses with bucolic settings that also provide a perception of freedom, only to be constrained by the Nazi forces, the viewer becomes poignantly aware of freedom and its multiple forms of limitation. In the end, those characters who are still alive, question their need for physical freedom from the pow camp as they learn to appreciate their individual spiritual, intellectual and emotional autonomy. 


  1. I must follow your blog a little more closely than I have done in the past. The premise sounds fascinating.

  2. Ah yes, Jeanne, motorcycles, the ultimate expression of freedom,heightened by the thrill, the danger ,the courting of death.Yet even 'The Cooler king' the king of cool, stevo Mc Queen, and a motorcycle cannot fly high enough ,brought back down to earth by barbed wire as happens to all who fly, too wild ,too close to the sun.

  3. Hi Dave, thanks and welcome again...I look forward to your insight__.

    TFE, good to hear from you. Yes, I was so excited not only to see that this movie illustrates my theory, but also to find this awesome photo of Steve McQueen on the bike. Indeed, he will always be the King of Cool. This is such a great film!