CFP: Diamonds Are Forever at 60 (and 45)

Diamonds Are Forever at 60 (and 45): A Special Panel at the Southern Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) conference

When: November 4-6, 2016

Where: Jacksonville, Florida, USA

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

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). 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?
  • Fleming’s attitudes to gender and sexuality (for example Tiffany Case as 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 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 and sports events as a setting (the races at Saratoga, the Vegas casinos)
  • The portrayal of diamond smuggling as an international criminal trade
  • The addition of Ernst Stavro Blofeld as villain in the film adaptation

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  • Olga Mitterfellner May 25, 2016 02.51 pm

    …and if you are interested to find out why diamonds are actually worth very little, why De Beers had a monopoly and why “Diamonds are Forever” is perhaps the most famous advertising copy ever invented, I recommend starting with this articel:

    And by the way, De Beers and N.W. Ayer are also responsible for engagement rings with diamonds.


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