Reading Joss Whedon
Edited by Rhonda V. Wilcox, Tanya R. Cochran, Cynthea Masson, and David Lavery
"Reading Joss Whedon cuts new ground as a collection, just as
its many contributions individually examine various elements of
Whedon’s work with nuance and precision."—Jonathan Gray, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Rhonda V. Wilcox is professor of English at Gordon State College in Georgia.
Tanya R. Cochran is associate professor of English at Union College in Nebraska.
Cynthea Masson is professor of English at Vancouver Island University.
David Lavery is professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University.
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In an age when geek chic has come to define mainstream pop culture,
few writers and producers inspire more admiration and response than Joss
Whedon. From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Much Ado about Nothing, from
Dr. Horrible’s Sing–Along Blog to The Avengers, the works of Whedon
have been the focus of increasing academic attention. This collection of
articles represents some of the best work covering a wide array of topics
that clarify Whedon’s importance, including considerations of narrative
and visual techniques, myth construction, symbolism, gender, heroism, and
the business side of television. The editors argue that Whedon’s work is
of both social and aesthetic significance; that he creates "canonical television."
He is a master of his artistic medium and has managed this success
on broadcast networks rather than on cable.
From the focus on a single episode to the exploration of an entire season,
from the discussion of a particular narrative technique to a recounting
of the history of Whedon studies, this collection will both entertain and
educate those exploring Whedon scholarship for the first time and those
planning to teach a course on his works.
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Part One: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1. From Beneath You, It Foreshadows
2. Hero’s Journey, Heroine’s Return?
3. "It’s like Some Primal, Some Animal Force . . . That Used to Be Us"
4. "Can I Spend the Night / Alone?"
5. Hey, Respect the Narrative Flow Much?
6. All Those Apocalypses
Part Two: Angel
7. "Enough of the Action, Let’s Get Back to Dancing"
8. What the Hell?—Angel’s "The Girl in Question"
Part Three: Firefly and Serenity
10. "Wheel Never Stops Turning"
11. Sending and Receiving Firefly’s Last "Message"
Part Four: Dollhouse
12. Reflections in the Pool
13. "There Is No Me; I’m Just a Container"
Part Five: Beyond the Box
14. Joining the Evil League of Evil
15. Buffy’s Season Eight, Image and Text
16. Watchers in the Woods
17. Joss Whedon Throws His Mighty Shield
Part Six: Overarching Topics
18. Stuffing a Rabbit in It
19. A dventures in the Moral Imagination
20. Technology and Magic
21. From Old Heresies to Future Paradigms
22. "Hot Chicks with Superpowers"
23. A Living History of Whedon Studies, 1999–2013
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7 x 10, 464 pages, references, index