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ANT322 Youth Culture Lec 4

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Marcel Danesi

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ANT322 Youth Culture – Lecture 5 (Feb.08)
- Madonna’s “Like A Virgin”
oCarnival at Venice
oTheme of YC – Carnivalesque
Mask a main symbol
Validates making fun of authority with no negative consequences
oMen wear masks – not to be trusted
oLion, - virility, raw (power, masculinity)
oUnderlying theme = Female empowerment
oFemale sexuality = power
- Madonna
oRise of womanhood
oVS. Elvis = phallic power
- Venice the ‘honeymoon capital’ of Italy
- “Thriller,” Michael Jackson
oIntroduced theme of “Carnivalesque” as well
- KISS and Alice Cooper – gender benders (transgender)
- YC = made the world see other possibilities
oOther sides of the world
-Madonna replacing the icon of the Madonna (Mother Mary)
oReligious terminology introduced – YC changed the meaning of ‘icon’ by making
it mean ‘cultural leader’
- Beat Generation
o50s, jazz musician and writers (HS dropouts) >> wrote bestseller books
oRead works to each other before publishing – read it to the ‘beat’
oBest thing to do – leave school, see the world, then come back (or not at all –
write about your experience)
oE.g., Jack Kerouac
o“High school is a ‘babysitting’ system”
oProdigal Son culture
oSuperficial friendship rather than a deep love – relationship with Life
oSmoking makes you look cool, intellectual >> Beatniks intro’d the idea
Smoking became a trend in the 50s, 60s
Sign of maturity, passage rite
Do this because it is part of being young

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ANT322 Youth CultureLecture 5 Feb08Madonnas LikeA VirginoCarnival at VeniceoTheme of YCCarnivalesqueMask a main symbolValidates making fun of authority with no negative consequences oMen wear masksnot to be trustedoLionvirility raw power masculinityoUnderlying themeFemale empowerment oFemale sexualitypowerMadonna oRise of womanhoodoVpoweroVS Elvisphallic powerVenice the honeymoon capital of Italy Thriller Michael JacksonoIntroduced theme of Carnivalesque as wellKISS and Alice Coopergender benders transgenderYCmade the world see other possibilitiesoOther sides of the worldMadonna replacing the icon of the Madonna Mother MaryoReligi
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