ENGL 34
The Name is Bond, James Bond: Ian Fleming's Creation, Entertainment, and the Legacies of Empires
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In course, we will learn about the fun, as well as the unexpected moments of gravity, in the practice of film blogging about one of the globe’s most enduring popular products. Brimming with unabashed expressions of misogyny, racism and a nostalgia for colonialist empire, much of the cinematic and literary world of Ian Fleming’s James Bond continues to resist rehabilitation. Without minimizing the unsavory aspects of Bond, we will examine the shifts of emphasis in Fleming’s fiction, from the Cold War narratives of Soviet Russia as Bond’s enemy to the presciently anti-neoliberal novels about the capitalist conglomerate of SPECTRE as his ultimate adversary. How is SPECTRE portrayed in the novels and the films, and to what extent do the movie adaptations attempt to correct the ideologically problematic aspects of the novels, which even Fleming himself acknowledged? What is the significance of Fleming’s training and service in British naval intelligence during the second World War, and how did his peripheral involvement in the project of decoding of the Nazi ‘Enigma’ code serve as the inspiration for his fiction? Why do fascist politics invariably lurk behind the masks of all the Bond villains, even those who are Communists or ideologues of the free market? By immersing ourselves in the practice of informal blogging outside of the compositional strictures of mainstream film criticism, we will pay particularly close attention to the shifting representations of gender and Englishness in the Bond novels and films, as well as the therapeutic value of imagining a sophisticated evil that may ultimately be defeated.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: NA
Class#: 0
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Requirements/Evaluation: Paper(s) or report(s); Presentation(s)
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Through discussion with them about their interests.
Unit Notes: Alexandar Mihailovic has published extensively about film. *Screening Solidarity: Neoliberalism and Transnational Cinemas*, the book he co-authored with Patricia A. Simpson and Helga Druxes, was published in 2023 by Bloomsbury Academic Press.
Materials/Lab Fee: $54
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression

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