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Faculty Lecture Series: "“Marilyn Monroe, Murderess" with Dr. Amanda Konkle

Join us on September 14 from noon to 1pm in the Ogeechee Theater on the Armstrong campus for the opening lecture of the 2018-2019 Robert I. Strozier Faculty Lecture Series: “Marilyn Monroe, Murderess: How a Femme Fatale Role Shaped Monroe’s Star Persona.” Dr. Amanda Konkle will discuss the findings from her forthcoming book and have a question and answer discussion with the attendees.
“Marilyn Monroe, Murderess: How a Femme Fatale Role Shaped Monroe’s Star Persona"
Dr. Amanda Konkle, Literature 

Although Marilyn Monroe began her career playing a sexpot, her considerable acting skills made her a star. In two films of her early career, Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) and Niagara (1953), sex appeal accompanied murderous impulses. However, audiences urged Hollywood to “go easy on the sex angle,” resulting in Monroe’s “dumb blonde” persona in subsequent films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). This talk discusses archived production documents featured in Dr. Konkle’s forthcoming book, Some Kind of Mirror: Creating Marilyn Monroe, to elucidate how Monroe’s early femme fatale performances shaped the non-threatening sex symbol she played for the rest of her career.

The Robert I. Strozier Lecture Series on the Armstrong campus honors of the former Professor Emeritus of English who was a beloved figure for more than four decades. For questions about the Robert I. Strozier Faculty Lecture Series, contact Lisa Dusenberry,

Friday, September 14, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Armstrong Campus, Ogeechee Theater

Event Type

Lectures and Guest Speakers


Armstrong Campus


College of Arts and Humanities




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Jeanne McGowan

Jeanne McGowan left a positive review 9/17/2018

I really enjoyed this topic and lecturer. MM is an American icon but how and why she rose to this status was fascinatingly described by Dr. Konkle. Her research brought me new insights and attention to MM's work. Great topic and great presentation!