Re-Entering the Dollhouse

Essays on the Joss Whedon Series

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Imprint or Series:Worlds of Whedon

About the Book

Premiering on Fox in 2009, Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse was an innovative, contentious and short-lived science fiction series whose themes were challenging for viewers from the outset. A vast global corporation operates establishments (dollhouses) that program individuals with temporary personalities and abilities. The protagonist assumes a different identity each episode—her defining characteristic a lack of individuality. Through this obtuse premise, the show interrogated free will, morality and sex, and in the process its own construction of fantasy and its audience. A decade on, the world is—for better or worse—catching up with Dollhouse’s provocative vision. This collection of new essays examines the series’ relevance in the context of today’s social and political issues and media landscape.

About the Author(s)

Heather M. Porter is a Los Angeles based television producer and independent scholar.

Michael Starr is programme leader in film and screen studies at the University of Northampton, UK.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Heather M. Porter and Michael Starr
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: appendixes, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7990-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4569-8
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Worlds of Whedon

Book Reviews & Awards

“[T]his collection is a welcome addition to Whedon studies in general and to the study of [the] often-neglected series Dollhouse in particular.”—Elizabeth L. Rambo, associate professor of English, Campbell University