Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Edited by Rhonda V. Wilcox & David Lavery, with a foreword by Camille Bacon-Smith


Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2002


Introduction | Rhonda V. Wilcox and David Lavery


Part I. Forces of Society and Culture: Gender, Generations, Violence, Class, Race, and Religion

Chapter 1. “Who Died and Made Her the Boss?” Patterns of Mortality in Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Rhonda Wilcox

Chapter 2. "My Emotions Give me Power": The Containment of Girls' Anger on Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Elyce Helford

Chapter 3. "I'm Buffy and You're . . . History”: The Postmodern Politics of Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Patricia Pender

Chapter 4. Surpassing the Love of Vampires: Or Why (and How) We are Denied a Queer Reading of Buffy/Willow | Farah Mendlesohn

Chapter 5. Choosing Your Own Mother: Witchcraft and Female Power in Buffy the Vampire Slayer | J. P. Williams

Chapter 6. Staking in Tongues: Speech-Act as Weapon in Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Karen Eileen Overbey and Lahney Preston-Matto

Chapter 7. Slaying in Black and White: Kendra as Tragic Mulatto in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lynne Edwards

Chapter 8. The Un-Demonization of Supporting Characters in Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Mary Alice Money

Chapter 9. Imported Mythologies: American Christianity and Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Greg Erickson

Chapter 10. Darkness Falls on the Endless Summer: Buffy as Gidget for the Fin de Siecle | Catherine Siemann

Part II: Forces of Art and Imagination (Past): Vampires, Magic, Monsters

Chapter 11. Of Creatures and Creators: Buffy Does Frankenstein | Anita Rose

Chapter 12. Sex and the Single Vampire: The Evolution of the Vampire Lothario and Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Diane DeKelb-Rittenhouse

Chapter 13. Digging the Undead: Death and Desire in Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Elizabeth Krimmer and Shilpa Raval

Chapter 14. Spirit Guides and Shadow Selves: From the Dream Life of Buffy (and Faith) | Donald Keller

Chapter 15. Hubble-Bubble, Herbs and Grimoires: Practical Magic and Witchcraft in Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Tanya Krzywinska

Chapter 16. Whose Side Are You On, Anyway? Children, Adults, and the Use of Fairy Tales in Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Sarah E. Skwire

Part III. Forces of Arts and Imagination (Present): Fan Relationships, Metaphoric and Real

Chapter 17. Crossing the Final Taboo: Family, Sexuality, and Incest in the Buffyverse | Kristina Busse

Chapter 18. “This is Oz. He’s in a Band”: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Rhetoric of Music | S. Renee Dechert

Chapter 19. Buffy’s Mary Sue is Jonathan: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Acknowledges the Fans | Justine Larbalestier

Chapter 20. WWW.Buffy.Com : Cliques, Boundaries, and Hierarchies in an Internet Community | Amanda Zweerink and Sarah N. Gatson


End Materials

Afterword: The Genius of Joss Whedon | David Lavery

Episode Guide