Buffy Goes Dark: Essays on the Final Two Seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Television

Buffy Goes Dark: Essays on the Final Two Seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Television

by Lynne Y. Edwards
ISBN-10:
078643676X
ISBN-13:
9780786436767
Pub. Date:
12/02/2008
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
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Overview

Buffy Goes Dark: Essays on the Final Two Seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Television

Buffy the Vampire Slayer earned critical acclaim for its use of metaphor to explore the conflicts of growth, power, and transgression. Its groundbreaking stylistic and thematic devices, boldness and wit earned it an intensely devoted fan base—and as it approached its zenith, attention from media watchdog groups and the Federal Communications Commission.
The grim and provocative evolution of the show over its final two seasons polarized its audience, while also breaking new ground for critical and philosophical analysis. The thirteen essays in this collection, divided into the perspectives of feminist, cultural, auteur and fan studies, explore the popular series’ conclusion, providing a multifaceted examination of Buffy’s most controversial two seasons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786436767
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 12/02/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by David Lavery 1

Preface: At Sixes and Sevens in Sunnydale 5

Section 1. Auteurs

(Writers, Directors, Producers)

Marti Noxon: Buffy’s Other Genius

DAVID PERRY 13

Understanding the Espensode

DAVID KOCIEMBA 23

Section 2. Characters

(Lovers, Fans and Heroes)

Evil, Skanky, and Kinda Gay: Lesbian Images and Issues

ALISSA WILTS 41

“It’s complicated ... because of Tara”: History, Identity Politics, and the Straight White Male Author

BRANDY RYAN 57

The Candide of Sunnydale: Andrew Wells as Satire of Pop Culture and Marketing Trends

IRA SHULL AND ANNE SHULL 75

Section 3. Story

(Flesh, Style and Purpose)

Buffy and the Death of Style

MICHAEL ADAMS 83

“Set on This Earth Like a Bubble”: Word as Flesh in the Dark Seasons

RHONDA V. WILCOX 95

Bodies and Narrative in Crisis: Figures of Rupture and Chaos in Seasons Six and Seven GREGORY ERICKSON AND JENNIFER LEMBERG 114

Reality Bites: Buffy in the UPN Years

LYNNE Y. EDWARDS AND CARLY HAINES 130

Section 4: Seasons

(At Sixes and Sevens)

“Just a Family Legend”: The Hidden Logic of Buffy’s “Chosen Family”

AGNES B. CURRY AND JOSEF VELAZQUEZ 143

Yeats’s Entropic Gyre and Season Six

ELIZABETH L. RAMBO 167

Season Six and the Supreme Ordeal

PAUL HAWKINS 183

Kiss Kiss, Stake Stake: Storytelling and the Philosophical Pleasures of Season Seven

JAMES B. SOUTH 198

Appendix: Episode Guides for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel 211

About the Contributors 219

Index 223

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