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.