Joss Whedon as Shakespearean Moralist: Narrative Ethics of the Bard and the Buffyverse

Joss Whedon as Shakespearean Moralist: Narrative Ethics of the Bard and the Buffyverse

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Joss Whedon as Shakespearean Moralist: Narrative Ethics of the Bard and the Buffyverse by J. Douglas Rabb, J. Michael Richardson

Drawing on the works of Shakespeare and American screenwriter Joss Whedon, this study in narrative ethics contends that Whedon is the Shakespeare of our time. The Bard wrote before the influence of the modern moral philosophers, while Whedon is writing in the postmodern period. It is argued that Whedon’s work is more in harmony with the early modern values of Shakespeare than with modern ethics, which trace their origin to 17th and 18th century moral philosophy. This study includes a detailed discussion of representative works of Shakespeare and Whedon, showing how they can and should be read as forms of narrative ethics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786474400
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/20/2014
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,116,989
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

J. Douglas Rabb is a professor emeritus of philosophy at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, and an executive member of the Centre for Health Care Ethics, also at Lakehead University. J. Michael Richardson is a professor of English at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. A specialist in Early Modern Literature, he has written a number of articles on Shakespeare and popular culture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Foreword Kim Fedderson 1

Introduction 5

1 Joss Whedon, the Shakespeare for Our Time 11

2 Shakespeare's Brain and Whedons Brains: Cognitive Theory in Narrative and Ethics 28

3 Joss Whedon's "Big Brain": The Espenson Authorship Controversy 55

4 Shakespeare and Popular Culture: Uses and Echos of the Bard in the Whedonverses and Ours as Well 83

5 Persons, Personation and Character Development: The Transformative Nature of Narrative 102

6 The Moral Imagination in Shakespeare: Pre-Modern and Early Modern Ethics 127

7 The Moral Imagination in Whedon: Post-Modern and Post-Christian Love Ethics 147

8 Reason and Rules in Ethics: The Parfit Pathology 162

Conclusion: Narrative Ethics in Action 178

Works Cited 201

Index 213

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