Maurice L'Heuruex 3 credits
This course will study the novels of British writer Ian Fleming and the films based upon them, thus marking the 50th anniversary of the Bond phenomenon. Topics will be the Spy as metaphor for relationships; the Cold War; the Red Scare; the roles of women in the 1950s ("the Bond women"); Bond's masculine identity; racial and ethnic stereotyping; moral ambiguity in the post war world; the decline of British influence and ascendency of American influence on the international stage; the new paradigm of gadgets and technology; and the aesthetics of the Bond novels and films.
The class will include lectures; small and large group discussion; Blackboard postings; as well as student research, essays and Power Point presentations.
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