Why Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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I.B.Tauris, Nov 5, 2005 - Performing Arts - 246 pages
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Rhonda Wilcox is the world's foremost authority on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, its characters, and its themes. Wilcox argues that Buffy is enduring as art by exploring its excellence in both long-term story arc construction and in producing individual episodes that are powerful on their own. She examines the larger patterns that extend through all seven seasons: the hero myth, imagery of light, naming symbolism, Buffy's relationship with Spike, sex, and redemption. Wilcox also focuses on acclaimed and noteworthy episodes, including the musical "Once More, with Feeling," the largely silent and wordless "Hush," and the dream episode "Restless." She examines Buffy's literary narrative, symbolism, visual imagery, and sound. Combining great intelligence and wit, written for fans, this is the worthy companion to the show that has claimed and kept the minds and hearts of watchers worldwide.
 

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User Review  - Sally_Newton - LibraryThing

This is a splendid read for Buffy fans who sense deeper meanings to the stories in the Buffiverse but tend to get strange looks from their adult educated friends . . . ! Sometimes Wilcox's analogies ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Panorama
15
There will never Be a Very Special Buffy Symbol and Language
17
Pain as Bright as Steel Mythic Striving and Light as Pain
30
I Think I Can Name Myself Naming and Identity in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
46
When Harry Met Buffy Buffy Summers Harry Potter and Heroism
66
Every Night I Save You Buffy Spike Sex and Redemption
79
Show Me Your World Exiting the Text and the Globalization of Buffy
90
Laughter For Those of Us in Our Audience Who Are Me Xander Laughter and The Zeppo
129
Fear Power Silence and Fear in Hush
146
Poetry TS Eliot Comes to Television Restless
162
Death Theyre Going to Find a Body Quality Television and the Supernatural in The Body
174
Song Singing and Dancing and Burning and Dying Once More with Textual Feeling
191
Episode Guide
206
Notes
211
Bibliography of Works Cited
222

Tight Focus
109
Love and Loss Time Love and Loss in SurpriseInnocence
111

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About the author (2005)

Rhonda Wilcox is co-editor of Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies. She is an English Professor at Gordon College in Barnesville, GA.

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