Call for Papers--"Diamonds Are Forever at 60 (and 45)"

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Call for Papers
June 3, 2016
Florida, United States
Subject Fields: 
British History / Studies, Film and Film History, Literature, Popular Culture Studies, Sexuality Studies

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER AT 60 (AND 45): A Special Panel at the Southern Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) conference, November 4-6, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

2016 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Ian Fleming’s fourth James Bond novel, Diamonds Are Forever (the film adaptation directed by Guy Hamilton was released forty-five years ago, in 1971). Following the all-English setting of Moonraker (the third Bond novel), Fleming sought to attract readers by setting Diamonds in far-flung locations, including the United States (New York and Las Vegas), and Africa (the borders of French Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia). The novel has proved one of the most enduring of Fleming's Bond adventures, embodying many of the characteristics of the series. This panel welcomes paper proposals on any aspect of Diamonds Are Forever, the novel and/or film adaptation, including topics such as:

  • Fleming’s portrayal of American society, including crime (the Spangled Mob) and leisure (horseracing, gambling)—American utopia, dystopia, or realist portrayal? In what ways does Fleming view America as superior, or inferior, to Britain?
  • Fleming’s attitudes to gender and sexuality (for example Tiffany Case as successful entrepreneur, the queer hitmen Wint and Kidd)
  • Fleming’s use of setting and environment (including the famous African opening, describing a scorpion, the scenes in Saratoga, and in the Nevada desert)
  • The significance of the film the beginning of the "second decade" of Bond movies, and as Sean Connery’s last appearance in an “official” Bond movie and/or Guy Hamilton’s follow-up to Goldfinger (1964)
  • Fleming’s use of gambling, entertainment industry, and sports events as a setting (the races at Saratoga, the Vegas casinos)
  • The portrayal of diamonds as symbol of wealth/power, and diamond smuggling as an international criminal trade
  • The significance of deploying Ernst Stavro Blofeld (and SPECTRE) as villain in the film adaptation, in place of the "Spangled Mob" of the novel

By June 3rd please send a 250-300 word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Oliver Buckton, Florida Atlantic University (

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Oliver Buckton, Professor of English, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA 

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