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University of Toronto St. George
Marcel Danesi

February 12, 2014. Lecture 5 - Symbolism in Youth and Popular Culture Levi-Strauss (Belgian, powerful figure in Paris for semiotics) Terms • Pastiche: putting things together in a haphazard way, in such a way that it makes sense; a micture of random shows/acts, in comparison to a coherent play o Collage: though disparate, they fit together and have structural unity • Bricolage: ritual codes and symbolism o When doing things in a group, may look like random events to an outsider; but to the group, they are meaningful o E.g., clothing for goths; both meaningful and powerful Youth and Bakhtin’s Carnival Theory • Satire and mockery • Going against those that control you/authoritative figures through mockery and satire • Medieval period: mocking priests and bishops at carnival time; pretending to be sexually active and whatnot • Mocking the “sacred order”; the current order present • Carnival often about wearing masks to hide identity as well as mock figures • Carnevalesque: theme in pop culture • Cross-dressers and cross-gendering in the 70s and redefining male identity o Making fun of patriarchal sexuality o Switching societal roles o Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson (Marilyn Manson chose his name after Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson) o New models of masculinity: in contrast to Elvis culture and even the counterculture o Male identity: have to be tough, rough, can’t cry or open up emotionally; had to be a manly man in the 70s, an idea that was continued with heavy metal and heavy metal figures • Punk culture and metal culture is about the carnevalesque SCREAM • Goth: carnival and Shadow culture o Lots of talk about sex and death; Reaper the character for death o Through potatoes at death o Mocking the light/mocking the day through living the night and darkness o Bricolage • 1970s: disco versus punk culture o Fragmentation between the t
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