Joss Whedon, Anarchist?
A Unified Theory of the Films and Television Series
About the Book
Joss Whedon has created numerous TV series, movies, comics and one sing-along-blog, all of which focus on societal problems in the metaphorical guise of monsters-of-the-week and over-arching big-bads.
The present work examines structural violence through interdimensional law firm Wolfram & Hart’s legal representation of evil. We explore the limits of consent through the Rossum Corporation’s coercion and manipulation. We rehearse the struggle to find meaningful freedom from the crew of Serenity.
This book traces a theme of anarchist theory through the multiple strings of the Whedonverse—all of his works show how ordinary heroes can unite for the love of humanity to save the world from hierarchy and paternalism.
About the Author(s)
James Rocha and Mona Rocha. Series Editor Sherry Ginn
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
Series: Worlds of Whedon
Table of Contents
Introduction: An Anarchist Sing-Along (Freely Provide Your Own Music and Lyrics) 6
One. Striking at the Machine: Structural Violence in Angel’s Wolfram & Hart 19
Two. Programmable Slaves: Constrained Freedom in the Dollhouse 49
Three. Tips for Organizing Anarchy: Marvel and the Push/Pull of Anarchism 79
Four. The Black Reaching Out: Anarcho-Capitalists vs. Anarcho-Socialists on Board the Firefly 107
Five. Anarcha-Feminist Scoobies: Buffy’s Slaying Critique 134
Six. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Show That Hierarchy Has Nightmares About 154
Conclusion: Internal Revolution as Solution 174
Chapter Notes 185