Televised Morality: The Case of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Overview

The increasing frequency of moralist critiques of television shows is an acknowledgment of television's growing role in the shaping of a culture's moral values. Yet many moralist critiques misconstrue the full moral message of a show due to a restrictive focus on sex, violence, and profanity. Televised Morality explores the nature of moral discourse on television by using "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as a case study. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" has simultaneously been heralded as one of the most morally ...
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Overview

The increasing frequency of moralist critiques of television shows is an acknowledgment of television's growing role in the shaping of a culture's moral values. Yet many moralist critiques misconstrue the full moral message of a show due to a restrictive focus on sex, violence, and profanity. Televised Morality explores the nature of moral discourse on television by using "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as a case study. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" has simultaneously been heralded as one of the most morally sophisticated shows on television and one of the most morally corrupt. The program offers a fascinating look into the divergent issues involved in the moral evaluation of television today. Stevenson argues that analysis of this show's moral vision, its methods of moral reasoning, and its narrative function reveal the complexity of moral discourse on television and provides a good model for the moral critique of other television shows.
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Editorial Reviews

Restoration Quarterly
In a context in which a theological assessment of culture is often absent, Stevenson serves as an exemplary guide showing Christians how to engage culture on a substantial and discerning level even when they may not agree with everything [in it]…
— Kenneth Cukrowski, Abilene Christian University
Restoration Quarterly - Kenneth Cukrowski
In a context in which a theological assessment of culture is often absent, Stevenson serves as an exemplary guide showing Christians how to engage culture on a substantial and discerning level even when they may not agree with everything [in it]…
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761828334
  • Publisher: Hamilton Books
  • Publication date: 4/15/2004
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Stevenson holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. He is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion and Bible, Rochester College, Michigan.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Taking Buffy Seriously Chapter 5 The Moral Battleground Chapter 6 Storytellers Chapter 7 Buffy's Story Chapter 8 Buffy's World Chapter 9 Human Nature Chapter 10 Identity and the Quest for Self Chapter 11 A Tale of Two Slayers: Identity, Sacrifice, and Salvation Chapter 12 Systems of Power: Technology, Magic, and Institutional Authority Chapter 13 Together or Alone? The Dynamics of Community and Family Chapter 14 The End as Moral Guidepost Chapter 15 Morals and Consequences Chapter 16 Sexuality Chapter 17 Violence and Vengeance Chapter 18 Guilt and Forgiveness Chapter 19 The Vampire, the Witch and the Warlock: Patterns of Redemption Chapter 20 Buffy and Moral Discourse Chapter 21 Notes Chapter 22 Episode Guide Chapter 23 Bibliography Chapter 24 Index Chapter 25 About the Author
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