Blood, Body and Soul

Essays on Health, Wellness and Disability in Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse

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About the Book

The ever-popular “Whedonverse” television shows—Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse—have inspired hundreds of articles and dozens of books. Curiously, the focus of much of the scholarship invokes philosophical, ethical, metaphysical and other cerebral perspectives. Yet, these shows are action-adventure shows, telling stories through physical bodies of many varied and unique forms. Characters fight and die, suffer grave injuries and traumas, and are physically transformed. Their bodies bear the brunt of their battles against evil, corruption and injustice.
Through 17 insightful and captivating essays, this collection centers the physical spectacle of these televisual series. Chapters examine how both disabled and super-powered individuals navigate their differing levels of ability; how the practice of medicine and medical practitioners are represented; and how wellness is understood and depicted, both physically and mentally. Other essays focus on storylines involving specific body parts, the intersection of literal and metaphorical trauma and the processes of recovery from injury, illness and impairment. Each author offers a unique and thought-provoking analysis in an area previously under-explored or altogether missing from existing scholarship on the Whedonverse.

About the Author(s)

Tamy Burnett, associate director for the University honors program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, writes about popular culture, especially television, often with a focus on gender and sexuality. She has previously written about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, The X-Files, and Veronica Mars.

AmiJo Comeford, professor of English at Dixie State University in Utah, writes primarily about popular culture and television and also serves as a university ombudsman. She has previously written about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and American Civil War poetry.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Tamy Burnett and AmiJo Comeford. Series Editor Sherry Ginn
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6763-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4627-5
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Worlds of Whedon