Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Male Bonding: A Queer Analysis of the James Bond Canon
by Hester, Grant C., Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2019, 165; 13859017
Abstract (Summary)

The character of James Bond which was first introduced in Ian Fleming's first novel Casino Royale in 1953 and was then featured in 11 subsequent novels, 2 volumes of short stories, and 24 film adaptations has long been considered to be the ultimate man's man. There is no feat he cannot conquer, villain he cannot best, or lady he cannot bed. However, in an examination of both the novels and the film, clues exist to Bond's deeper psyche—most notably his repressed homosexuality. While much discussion has been had of Bond's misogyny, in many ways it masks his true identity possibly even from himself.

Utilizing a framework of theoretical analysis drawing upon Sigmund Freud, Jack Hallberstam, Judith Butler, Susan Sontag, Laura Mulvey, and Charles Klosterman (among many others), this dissertation will fully explore the character Fleming created. Additionally, by examining how the male gaze and camp elements have been utilized by the filmmakers in the Bond films, analysis will be conducted how those elements contribute to a "queerness" of the character's film incarnations

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Caputi, Jane
Commitee: Buckton, Oliver, Charbonneau, Stephen
School: Florida Atlantic University
Department: Comparative Studies
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 80/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: LGBTQ studies, British and Irish literature, Gender studies, Film studies
Keywords: Camp, Fleming, Ian, Gay, James Bond, Male gaze, Repressed homosexuality
Publication Number: 13859017
ISBN: 9781392274682
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