Sex and the Slayer A Gender Studies Primer for the Buffy Fan

ISBN-10: 0819567582

ISBN-13: 9780819567581

Edition: 2005

Authors: Lorna Jowett
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Description: During its seven-year run, Buffy the Vampire Slayer attracted a wide range of viewers and almost unprecedented academic interest. Sex and the Slayer explores one of the most talked-about topics in relation to this pioneering TV series--gender. As fantasy, Buffy potentially opens up a space for alternative representations of gender. But how alternative can popular television be? Taking a feminist cultural studies approach, Jowett explores the ways in which the series represents femininity, masculinity, and gendered relations, including sexuality and sexual orientation. Written for undergraduates, Sex and the Slayer provides an introduction to the most important theoretical and historical underpinnings of contemporary gender criticism as it examines a range of thought-provoking issues: role reversal, the tension between feminism and femininity, the "crisis" of masculinity, gender hybridity, the appeal of bad girls, romance, and changing family structures. Through this introductory analysis, Jowett shows that Buffy presents a contradictory mixture of "subversive" and "conservative" images of gender roles and as such is a key example of the complexity of gender representation in contemporary television.

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 4/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Girl Power
Good Girls
Bad Girls
Tough Guys
New Men
Dead Boys
Parental Issues
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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