Reading Angel: The TV Spin-off With a Soul

Overview

In 1999, Joss Whedon spun-off the vampire with a soul from Buffy the Vampire Slayer into his own Angel. Recast in L.A., Angel developed its own preoccupations, exploring a darker vision of alienation, atonement and the fight for redemption. The series ended in 2004, but its legion of loyal fans continues to petition the WB network for a new spin-off or motion picture on the "Save Angel" website and other online fansites. This book covers all five seasons, discussing the cinematic aesthetics of Angel, its music, ...

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Overview

In 1999, Joss Whedon spun-off the vampire with a soul from Buffy the Vampire Slayer into his own Angel. Recast in L.A., Angel developed its own preoccupations, exploring a darker vision of alienation, atonement and the fight for redemption. The series ended in 2004, but its legion of loyal fans continues to petition the WB network for a new spin-off or motion picture on the "Save Angel" website and other online fansites. This book covers all five seasons, discussing the cinematic aesthetics of Angel, its music, shifting portrayals of masculinity, the noir Los Angeles setting, the superhero, and horror. A complete episode guide is included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850438397
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/14/2005
  • Series: Reading Contemporary Television
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Stacey Abbott is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, Roehampton University

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Kicking Ass and Singing "Mandy": A Vampire in the Sunshine State-- Stacey Abbott
• Part One: Narrative and Style
• Angel: Redefinition and Justification through Faith-- Phil Colvin
• Ubi Caritas? Music as Narrative Agent in Season One to Four of Angel --Matthew Mills
• Open and Closed Plots in the Buffyverse--Roz Kaveney
• Transitions and Time: The Cinematic Language of Angel--Tammy A Kinsey
• Part Two: City of Angel: Fragmented Cultures of Los Angeles Darkness in the Sunshine State: Los Angelus, The City of Angel-- Ben Jacob Outing Lorne: Performance for the Performers --Stan Beeler
• "LA's got it all": Hybridity and Otherness in Angel's Postmodern City --Sara Upstone
• Part Three: Genre and Masculinity
• Trouble Ahead: Angel, music and cinematic superheroes -- Janet K. Halfyard
• "Nobody Scream...or Touch My Arms": The Comic Stylings of Wesley Wyndham-Price-- Stacey Abbott
• Monstrous Mothers and Vampires with Souls: Approaching Angel as Television Horror -- Matt Hills and Rebecca Williams
• From Rogue in the Hood to Suave in a Suit: Black Masculinity and the Transformation of Charles Gunn --Michaela D.E. Meyer
• The Maltese Falcon meets Laura meets Buffy: Investigating Wesley and Lilah as the Realization of Angel's Neo-Noir Aesthetic --Jennifer Stoy
• Part 4: Wolfram and Hart: Corporate Big Bad
• Gender Politics in Angel: Traditional vs. Non-traditional Corporate Climates --Janine R. Harrison
• The Rule of Prophecy: Source of Law in the City of Angel --Sharon Sutherland and Sarah Swan
• Visualizing Globalization: Mecca for Evil, Resistance in the Alleys and the Uses and Depiction of Space in Angel --Ann Simonds
• Afterword: David Lavery and Rhonda Wilcox
• Episode guide
• Bibliography
• Index

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