David Leal on ‘Sherlock Holmes versus James Bond’
Fri, December 7, 2012 • 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206
David Leal GOVERNMENT
Two iconic British fictional characters have experienced recent rejuvenations at the box office – Sherlock Holmes as portrayed by Robert Downey, Jr. and James Bond as interpreted by Daniel Craig. Over the decades, many actors have played the roles of Holmes and Bond. The difference between the original stories and the subsequent movies fuels continuous debates. Both characters are resourceful individuals who adapt to the problems of new generations, but they also reinforce specific and conflicting understandings of the Britannic nation. What does it mean that these characters may be the best-known British subjects – living, dead, or fictional – across the globe?
David Leal is Associate Professor of Government and Director of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include American politics, specifically Latino politics, as well as Mexican and Canadian politics, the politics of immigration, religion and politics, and the military and society. His worksinclude the co-edited volumes Immigration and Public Opinion, Latinos and the Economy, and Beyond the Barrio: Latinos and the 2004 Elections. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1998.