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Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an academic publication relating to the fictional Buffyverse established by TV series, Buffy and Angel.

Book description

The book looks at the struggle to examine meaning in the television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series is examined from a variety of viewpoints, and especially the social and cultural issues dealt with by the series and their place in a wider literary context.

Contents

The chapters are grouped as follows:

  • Part 1: Forces of Society and Culture: Gender, Generations, Violence, Class, Race and Religion (Chapters 1-10).
  • Part 2: Forces of Art and Imagination (Past): Vampires, Magic, and Monsters (Chapters 11-16).
  • Part 3: Forces of Art and Imagination (Present): Fan Relationships, Metaphoric and Real (Chapters 17-20).

Chapter Title Author
Foreword
The Color of Dark in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Camille Bacon-Smith
Intro
Introduction Rhonda V. Wilcox and David Lavery
01
“Who Died and Made Her the Boss?” Patterns of Mortality in Buffy Rhonda V. Wilcox
02
“My Emotions Give Me Power”: The Containment of Girls' Anger in Buffy Elyce Ray Helford
03
“I'm Buffy and You're . . . History”: The Postmodern Politics of Buffy Patricia Pender
04
Surpassing the Love of Vampires; or, Why (and How) a Queer Reading of the Buffy/Willow Relationship is Denied Farah Mendlesohn
05
Choosing Your Own Mother: Mother-Daughter Conflicts in Buffy J. P. Williams
06
Staking in Tongues: Speech Act as Weapon in Buffy Karen Eileen Overbey and Lahney Preston-Matto
07
Slaying in Black and White: Kendra as Tragic Mulatta in Buffy Lynne Edwards
08
The Undemonization of Supporting Characters in Buffy Mary Alice Money
09
“Sometimes You Need a Story”: American Christianity, Vampures, and Buffy Gregory Erickson
10
Darkness Falls on the Endless Summer: Buffy as Gidget for the Fin de Siècle Catherine Siemann
11
Of Creatures and Creators: Buffy Does Frankenstein Anita Rose
12
Sex and the Single Vampire: The Evolution of the Vampire Lothario and Its Representation in Buffy Diane DeKelb-Rittenhouse
13
“Digging the Undead”: Death and Desire in Buffy Elisabeth Krimmer and Shilpa Raval
14
Spirit Guides and Shadow Selves: From the Dream Life of Buffy (and Faith) Donald Keller
15
Hubble-Bubble, Herbs and Grimoires: Magic, Manichaeanism, and Witchcraft in Buffy Tanya Krzywinska
16
Whose Side Are You on, Anyway? Children, Adults, and the Use of Fairy Tales in Buffy Sarah E. Skwire
17
Crossing the Final Taboo: Family, Sexuality, and Incest in Buffyverse Fan Fiction Kristina Busse
18
“My Boyfriend's in the Band!” Buffy and the Rhetoric of Music S. Renee Dechert
19
Buffy’s Mary Sue is Jonathan: Buffy Acknowledges the Fans Justine Larbalestier
20
www.buffy.com: Cliques, Boundaries, and Hierarchies in an Internet Community Amanda Zweerink and Sarah N. Gatson
Afterword
The Genius of Joss Whedon David Lavery

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