Buffy Meets the Academy

Essays on the Episodes and Scripts as Texts

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About the Book

This book presents serious academic scholarship on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It differs from other works because it uses Buffy as a primary text and not as a secondary instrument to explore other concepts. In doing so, it demonstrates that popular culture studies should be approached with the same serious attention that is paid to classic philosophy and other long-established fields. Essays assemble the Buffy canon and explore how Buffy treats Shakespeare, comics, power, sisterhood, apocalyptic revisionism, folklore, feminism, redemption, patriarchy, identity and education.
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About the Author(s)

Kevin K. Durand is Math and Physics Professor at the LISA Academy College Preparatory School in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has published broadly in philosophy, religion, and ethics.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Kevin K. Durand
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 230
Bibliographic Info: bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4355-0
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5374-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction

Pop Culture Meets the Academy

KEVIN K. DURAND      1

PART I. POWER AND THE BUFFY CANON

Canon Fodder

Assembling the Text

KEVIN K. DURAND      9

Canon Fodder Revisited Buffy Meets the Bard

BRENT LINSLEY      .      17

Genre and the Impact on Storytelling in Season Eight

LEIGH CLEMONS      25

Buffy’s Seven-Season Initiation

DAVID FRITTS      .      32

It’s All about Power

KEVIN K. DURAND      45

Buffy Never Goes It Alone

The Rhetorical Construction of Sisterhood in the Final Season

SUSAN PAYNE-MULLIKEN and VALERIE RENEGAR      57

PART II. BUFFY MEETS THE CLASSICS

King Lear, Buffy, and Apocalyptic Revisionism

CLINTON P.E. ATCHLEY      81

Grimm Realities

Buffy and the Uses of Folklore

ELIZABETH BRIDGES      91

The Failed Quest for “Anti-Self-Consciousness”

DENISE TISCHLER MILLSTEIN      104

Buffy’s Insight into Wollstonecraft and Mill

KEVIN K. DURAND      115

PART III. BUFFY, THE SCOOBIES, AND BEYOND

Buffy’s Dream in Surprise

MELANIE WILSON      125

Complexes My Mother Left Me Spike Meets Robin Wood

BRENT LINSLEY      131

She Believes in Me Angel, Spike, and Redemption

MELANIE WILSON      137

Cordelia Chase as Failed Feminist Gesture

AMIJO COMEFORD      150

Why the Cheese Man Is an Integral Part of Restless

MELANIE WILSON      161

Wesley as Tragic Hero

REBECCA BOBBITT      169

The Battle Against the Patriarchal Forces of Darkness

KEVIN K. DURAND      176

PART IV. BUFFY AND THE CLASSROOM

Concepts of Identity When Nancy Drew Meets Buffy

LAUREN SCHULTZ      187

The High School Education of Buffy Summers

KEITH FUDGE      .      203

Keeping Buffy in the Classroom

TAMARA WILSON      211

About the Contributors      219

Index      223