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Title:
Reading the vampire slayer : an unofficial critical companion to Buffy and Angel
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Tauris Park Paperbacks ; New York : Distributed by St. Martins Press, 2002.

©2001
Physical Description:
xv, 271 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
"She saved the world. A lot" / Roz Kaveney -- Entropy as demon / Boyd Tonkin -- Vampire dialectics / Brian Wall and Michael Zryd -- "Laugh, spawn of Hell, laugh" / Steve Wilson -- "It wasn't our world anymore. They made it theirs" / Karen Sayer -- "What you are, what's to come" / Zoe-Jane Playden -- Just a girl / Anne Millard Daugherty -- "Concentrate on the kicking movie" / Dave West -- Staking a claim / Esther Saxey -- "They always mistake me for the character I play" / Ian Shuttleworth -- Episode guide.
ISBN:
9781860647628
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the most original and popular television programmes of the last decade. It develops inventive variations on stock horror material partly for thrills, partly as eloquent metaphors for the anxieties of contemporary American teenagers, but does a lot more - varying its tone from surrealism to moments of intense romanticism. Reding the Vampire Slayer is a book of critical appreciations, which examines a variety of the complex ways in which Buffy and its spin-off series Angel have won the hearts of its target audience and the minds of intellectual commentators. The book also provides a short episode guide to all five seasons of Buffy and the first two seasons of Angel, as well as assessment, based on interview material, of the contributions of the shows' principal writers.


Author Notes

Roz Kaveney is a British Writer, critic, and Poet, born on July 9, 1949. She attended Pembroke College, Oxford. Her focus was on Martian poetry and belonged to a poetry group. For a time she worked as a sex worker, transgender rights activist, a writer (articles printed in The Independent and The Guardian), and editor (META magazine). She made multiple appearances on Television show After Dark.

She is the author of Dialectic of the Flesh, and Rituals-Rhapsody of Blood. Her book Tiny Pieces of Skull won the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Fiction.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 1

Booklist Review

When TV shows are as smart as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off, Angel, they are bound to attract people who want to analyze them. Editor Kaveney has gathered some very thoughtful essays on the shows. A number of these pieces lean toward academic tedium, but most are accessible and intriguing. Kaveney's own essay leads the set, and it is a great primer on both shows, summarizing all but their current seasons and discussing some major themes and characters in each. Other standouts include an essay on the use of California as a setting, a pair of essays pondering Buffy and feminism, and one dealing with the strength of characterizations and the talent of the casts of both shows. The handy episode guide at the end will help newer fans get caught up. Because many viewers are drawn to Buffy and Angel by the shows' intelligence and multilayered stories, expect them to be enticed by this engaging collection. Kristine Huntley


Table of Contents

Introducing the Slayer: Themes and Structures inBuffyandAngelRoz Kaveney
Everyone Confuses Me with the Characters I Play: Identity and PerformanceIan Shuttleworth
Hi Honey, You're in Grave Danger: Buffyand the AnimusCatriona Miller
Martial ArtsDave West
Laugh, Spawn of Hell, LaughSteve Wilson
Religious and Political ImageryZoe Jane Playden
Staking a Claim:Buffyand Its FandomEsther Saxey
Space, Place, and HomeKaren Sayer
Joss Whedon InterviewedNeil Norman
Appendix: Complete Episode Guide to Buffy: Seasons 1-5 and Angel Season 1 Introducing the Slayer: Themes and Structures in BuffyandAngelRoz Kaveney
Everyone Confuses Me with the Characters I Play: Identity and PerformanceIan Shuttleworth
Hi Honey, You're in Grave Danger: Buffyand the AnimusCatriona Miller
Martial ArtsDave West
Laugh, Spawn of Hell, LaughSteve Wilson
Religious and Political ImageryZoe Jane Playden
Staking a Claim:Buffyand Its FandomEsther Saxey
Space, Place, and HomeKaren Sayer
Joss Whedon InterviewedNeil Norman
Appendix: Complete Episode Guide to Buffy: Seasons 1-5 and Angel Season 1