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Male and Female red house finches in Rose of Sharon branches (I LOVE their sweet songs!)


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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
To view my page on the Edwin Mellen Press website, please click below:


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.

24 January, 2009

Iconic Realism and Commercial Use

I just viewed a TV commercial for a national American bank. The ad began with footage of an adorable, well-fed, happy baby, followed by a series of events that could affect this baby during his/her lifetime, placing the iconic image of innocence juxtaposed with the risks of adult decisions, bringing the audience through to the recognition that their savings would earn wonderful dividends if placed in this bank. 

In another commercial, a hybrid automobile is placed in the middle of a lush, wooded glen. Little by little, the writers narrate the environmental benefits of owning this car. Again, the placement of an icon for modern society in the middle of the natural environment to make a statement about the cultural need for earthly stewardship. 

Oh yes...a creative means to sell product!

20 January, 2009

Always check your mail! Today, I happened to check my mailbox at the university, and sitting there on top of the mailbox shelf was a package addressed to me. In this package (YES!) were five copies of my book! I'm still not satisfied with the photo of me on the back cover, but oh well...The book is written; the theory is out there, and there ya go! Any questions about the cover photo? It's pretty cool, huh? 

Oh....and TFE? Love that photo of you, brilliant smile! You look a bit pale, though. Need a little sun, do we? 

Inauguration Poem: Revolution

My poem in honor of the Inauguration of President Barack Obama:

by Jeanne I. Lakatos

Historical moments,
meiosis of human spirit,
evolve into prospects
for rebellion to split
open the festering 
wound of ignorance,
bleed with hastening
progress in anticipation
of a conscious awakening.

19 January, 2009

Iconic Realism and the Inauguration of President Barack Obama

The United States of America will be inaugurating the first Irish/African American president, Barack Obama this Tuesday. The photography that surrounds this event will be filled with examples of iconic realism simply because of this historical event. One example that comes to mind is the pose of President-elect Obama standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial. This photo in itself does not display a figure 'out of place.' What it does illustrate is the presidential image of Mr. Obama, standing in front of the iconic image of Abraham Lincoln. The fact that he is represented in this presidential view is unique for this moment in time. From this photograph, we are made aware of the need for political change in the U.S.A.