If you follow my blog, there’s a good chance you’re a fan of Buffy. That might even be what brought you here! So, now I have a lil’ something you might like to check out: my master’s thesis. My nearly antiquated master’s thesis! Where popular culture is involved, the academic world is moving quite fast! I am awed at how Whedon Studies continues to grow and expand! So many articles, books, other theses and even dissertations have been written about Buffy and the ever-expanding Whedonverse since I completed this project in April of 2007.
A couple caveats…
1) This is MLA format from 6 years ago. I haven’t updated it. Just FYI for the sticklers, like me, out there.
2) My knowledge of mythology has developed greatly since I wrote this, but this started the path that led me to Pacifica. (And it was what I spent most of my interview discussing when I first applied to the mythological studies graduate program. Was so great to be in a place where this scholarship was valued and encouraged!) I could actually probably spend my entire life continuing to work from this project, forever including new Whedon scholarship and more mythological motifs, delving deeper into the Campbellian aspect and also incorporating additional mythologists. Oh, and Jungian studies. Ah, this list goes on and on. Even Buffy continues to go on! Shortly before finishing my thesis, Whedon released the first issue of the season 8 comic. This really could be my life’s work, and once I thought it might be, but I’ve decided I have other vampires to slay. Nevertheless, this all remains near and dear to my heart. So I invite you to read it or even skim it. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
And if you haven’t watched Buffy yet? Add it to the top of your Netflix queue.
Without further adieu, here it is: The Hero’s Journey Revamped in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion hit the bookshelves today! And what wonderful timing with The Avengers coming to US screens in just a few days! Whedon is everywhere in the news, and I think this is giving The Complete Companion some extra attention as well.
In case you haven’t had your fix yet, here’s another list of articles that review and/or mention the collection.
Doom Digest: Community, Star Trek, Alex Ross, Poe, Creature, Joss Whedon
Why does Joss Whedon always kill the characters we love?
The wonderful (and complex) world of Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion – Exclusive excerpt
Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion hits bookshelves tomorrow, May 1! There are over five pages of in-depth explorations of every facet of the Whedonverse – including an analysis of Illyria in Angel‘s “Time Bomb” episode – courtesy of yours truly. The collection includes many popular Buffy scholars, including Tanya Cochran, Stacey Abbott, Lorna Jowett, Browen Calvert, and, of course, Rhonda Wilcox – the mother of Buffy studies herself!
The collection has been well-received by critics and you can read some early reviews and even an excerpt at the following links. Enjoy!
‘Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion’: Read an excerpt now
‘Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion’ Lets You Get Closer To Your Master Now
A review of Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion
Book Review: ‘Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion,’ ‘Cabin in the Woods: Official Visual Companion’
Here’s the links I’ve enjoyed this week! Hope you find some goodies to dig on too!
First up, super cool woman made her dreams come true: Amanda Hocking, the writer who made millions by self-publishing online.
And, then, I’m compelled to share any time Buffy makes the news: DePaul students can take course on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”.
This world constantly blows my mind. The things nature and animals are capable of is absolutely captivating. Here’s the lastest: New Island Born and Glow In The Dark Shark Has Invisibility Power.
One of my friends found this great article on 10 easy ways to fail a PhD by Matt Might. It’s a great, insightful article. I enjoyed perusing his site, and this is, by far, my absolute most favorite post of his: The Illustrated Guide to a PhD. So very, very true!!!
If you came by my blog on Wednesday, you saw it blacked out in support of stopping SOPA. Here’s a by-the-numbers recap of the success of this large internet protest. It’s amazing how we can make our voices heard in this digital age!
And, finally, Zombies! I’ll admit I haven’t read the whole article yet, but it goes with all the research I was embedded in last quarter: Dead Man Walking: What Do Zombies Mean?
The hubby and I were able to go to Comic Con for one day this year, and it was one heck of a day!! Got into the number one panel on my list: Joss Whedon!! (My twitter feed has pretty much all the big things he had to say). I also got to see The Guild panel, make new friends, see old friends, and have all kinds of geeky fun!!! Click below for my Flickr set.