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Professors in popular culture

February 10, 2008

Continuing the solipsism of an earlier post today, I bring you some images of professors in popular culture. If I missed any of your favourites, drop me a line:

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(click on the thumbnails to see larger images: Jerry Lewis, The Nutty Professor (1963); Colin Clive as Dr. Frankenstein in Frankenstein (1931); Dr. McNinja; the professor, Felix the Cat; the professor, Futurama; Fred McMurray, The Absent-Minded Professor (1961); Eddie Murphy, The Nutty Professor (1996); Professor Hastings, Sesame Street; The Professor, Gilligan’s Island; Rex Harrison as Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady (1964); Professor X, X-Men; Vincent Price, The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971); Professor Chaos, South Park; Professor Frink, The Simpsons; Professor Cuthbert, Tintin; Professor Corpussal, School Bites; Dr. Fate)

  1. Debra Lindsay permalink
    February 11, 2008 1:10 pm

    What no women in the stereotypes?

  2. February 12, 2008 7:08 pm

    There is one stereotype that drives me buggers and I’m sure everyone’s familiar with it. The hero bursts through the door (or wall) and a beautiful, scantily clad woman scowls at him and says something like, “I’m Dr. Bunny Jordonova, the world-famous epidemiologist. Don’t you ever knock?” and you know they will be in bed within ten minutes.

  3. Lee Chalmers permalink
    February 13, 2008 9:27 am

    Okay, Miriam, then you’ve got to love Sydney Fox, the Relic Hunter, a professor of Ancient Studies who has a black belt (something I never considered for classroom management) and who isn’t a stickler for attendance, as I recall. There are pictures on the web… for those with the technological know-how to get and post them:-).

  4. February 13, 2008 4:50 pm

    Here’s Sydney. And we mustn’t forget Lara Croft, Tomb Raider.

  5. Linda Hansen permalink
    February 14, 2008 8:02 am

    Yeah, go Sidney! And how about Samantha Carter who, although not exactly a professor, lectures at the Air Force Academy, is a theoretical astrophysicist, subscribes to *journals*, and kicks Go’uld, replicator, and Ori butt on Stargate SG-1? When she is in *soldier Sam* mode, sans makeup but armed with a P-90, she rocks. Nevermind rescuing her, she’ll do it herself and get you out too. Mind you, any guy who takes more than passing romantic interest in her has a tendency to die …

    Uhh, but why is one named Sidney and the other goes by Sam?

    Let me think of another example of the empowered female professor in popular culture …

    well, there is Kate Fansler (created by Amanda Cross / Carolyn Heilbrun who taught at Columbia — a feminist and Virginia Woolf specialist)

    and librarian Jacqueline Kirby (a personal favourite of mine, created by Elizabeth Peters / Barbara Michaels / Barbara Mertz who has a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago) Quotes from Jake (arrgh, there’s that male nickname again) include:

    “A librarian is a hanger-on around the fringes of the scholarly world. ”

    Regarding her purse:

    A shapeless white lump, it looked alarmingly like the hideously animated leather bag that haunts one of M.R. James’s most effective ghost stories, Jean kept exptecting it to shoot out tiny whithered arms and grab someone’s ankles.

    “Your students claim that it’s magic. That you can produce anything you want out of it.” … “It’s a very effective weapon…I prowl the campus by night, hoping to be attacked by muggers.”

    And especially pertinent:

    “There is no happier outlet for our inherent aggressive instincts than the belligerent support of an unorthodox cause.” [Go us!]

  6. Linda Hansen permalink
    February 14, 2008 12:23 pm

    Replying to my own post — how sad is that?

    However, it has come to my attention that some folks may not even know who Sam Carter is so ….

  7. September 29, 2008 9:34 pm

    Can you change the professor chaos link to this page? There was some technical issues and your link is no longer correct. Thanks.

  8. September 29, 2008 10:02 pm



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