Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale

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Open Court, Apr 15, 2011 - Philosophy - 288 pages
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Twenty-three essays by young professional philosophers examine crucial ethical and metaphysical aspects of the Buffyverse (the world of Buffy). Though the show already attracted much scholarly attention, this is the first book to fully disinter the intellectual issues. Designed by Whedon as a multilevel story with most of its meanings deeply buried in heaps of heavy irony, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has replaced The X-Files as the show that explains to Americans the nature of the powerful forces of evil continually threatening to surge into our world of everyday decency and overwhelm it. In the tradition of the classic horror films Buffy the Vampire Slayer addresses ethical issues that have long fascinated audiences. This book draws out the ethical and metaphysical lessons from a pop-culture phenomenon.
 

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Contents

Its kind of a Slayer thing
5
The Slayer Subverts
7
The Problem of the Happy
20
Buffy and Feminist Ethics
35
Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Feminist Noir
49
Why Buffy
61
Codex 2
77
The Multidimensional
103
A Slayers Solution to Aristotles
173
Codex 4
195
Prophecy Girl and The Powers That
212
Punishment in the Buffyverse
227
The Politics of the Buffyverse
254
Codex 5
269
Metaphor Made Literal
282
have a hard enough time remembering what happened
309

Willow Rosenberg
131
Codex 3
147
In and Out of Control
160

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About the author (2011)

James B. South is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
His primary research interests are in Renaissance Philosophy and Social and Political Philosophy, and he is contributor, and editorial board member for the online Buffy journal SLAYAGE.

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