Psychology of Joss Whedon: An Unauthorized Exploration of Buffy, Angel, and Firefly

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First there was Buffy the Vampire Slayer; then its spin-off Angel; then the cult hit Firefly; and its follow-up film, Serenity. They all had two things in common: their creator, Joss Whedon . . . and their surprising psychological depth.

Revisit the worlds of Joss Whedon … with trained psychologists at your side. What are the psychological effects of constantly fighting for your life? Why is neuroscience the Whedonverse’s most terrifying villain? How can watching Joss’s shows ...

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Overview


First there was Buffy the Vampire Slayer; then its spin-off Angel; then the cult hit Firefly; and its follow-up film, Serenity. They all had two things in common: their creator, Joss Whedon . . . and their surprising psychological depth.

Revisit the worlds of Joss Whedon … with trained psychologists at your side. What are the psychological effects of constantly fighting for your life? Why is neuroscience the Whedonverse’s most terrifying villain? How can watching Joss’s shows help you take on your own psychological issues?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933771250
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Series: Psychology of Popular Culture Series
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Leah Wilson graduated from Duke University with a degree in Culture and Modern Fiction and is currently Editor-in-Chief, Smart Pop, at BenBella Books. She lives in Cambridge, Mass.
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Table of Contents


Introduction   Joy Davidson     1
Mal's Morals   Robert Kurzban     7
"Darn Your Sinister Attraction!"   Carol Poole     21
Free Will in a Deterministic Whedonverse   Thomas Flamson     35
The Adaptive, the Maladaptive, and the Mal-Adaptive   Nicholas R. Eaton   Robert F. Krueger     51
An Analysis of Slayer Longevity   Tracy R. Gleason   Nancy S. Weinfield     65
How Buffy Learned to Confront Her Fears   Brian Rabian   Michael Wolff     79
Terror Management Aboard Serenity   Wind Goodfriend     91
Existentialism Meets Feminism in Buffy the Vampire Slayer   C. Albert Bardi   Sherry Hamby     105
Dealing with the F-Word   Misty K. Hook     119
"Stripping" River Tam's Amygdala   Bradley J. Daniels     131
Buffy the Vampire Dater   Siamak Tundra Naficy   Karthik Panchanathan     141
More Than Entertainment   Stephanie R. Deluse     155
Buffy's Search for Meaning   Mikhail Lyubansky     171
Psychology Bad   Ed Connor     185
"There's My Boy..."   Joy Davidson     197
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