Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 5/1/2012
  • Publisher: Titan Books

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Joss Whedon's importance in contemporary pop culture can hardly be overstated, but there has never been a book providing a comprehensive survey and analysis of his career as a whole - until now. Published to coincide with Whedon's blockbuster movie The Avengers, it covers every aspect of his work, through insightful essays and in-depth interviews with key figures in the 'Whedonverse'.

Author Biography

Joss Whedon's importance in contemporary pop culture can hardly be overstated, but there has never been a book providing a comprehensive survey of his career as a whole - until now. The Complete Companion covers every aspect of the Whedonverse through insightful essays and interviews, including fascinating conversations with key collaborators Jane Espenson and Tim Minear.

Table of Contents

A Note from the Editorp. 9
Introduction: Why Cast a Spotlight on Joss Whedon?p. 11
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Joss Whedon 101: Buffy the Vampire Slayerp. 25
"Raise Your Hand If You're Invulnerable!": An Interview with Harry Groenerp. 29
"Note to Self, Religion Freaky": When Buffy Met Biblical Studiesp. 37
You're Strong. I'm Stronger: Vampires, Masculinity & Language in Buffyp. 49
Failure of the Everyman: The Lost Character That Was Xander Harrisp. 56
Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the Fantasy Canonp. 60
Pedagogy of the Possessed: Teaching and Learning in Buffyp. 69
The Big Bad Universe: Good and Evil According to Joss Whedonp. 75
Women Who Hate Women: Female Competition in Buffy the Vampire Slayerp. 83
Coming Out of the Broom Closet: Willow's Sexuality and Empowerment in 'Buffyp. 94
The Darkness of "Passion": Visuals and Voiceovers, Sound and Shadowp. 102
Returning to the Basement: Excavating the Unconscious in Buffy's "Restless"p. 112
"I'd Very Still": Anthropology of a Lapsed Fanp. 126
Interview with Jane Espensonp. 134
How Buffy Changed Televisionp. 140
TV's Grim Reaper: Why Joss Whedon Continually Kills the Characters We Lovep. 153
Joss Whedon 101: Angelp. 161
Lindsey and Angel: Reflecting Masculinityp. 168
"The Shell I'm In": Illyria and Monstrous Embodimentp. 181
The Three Faces of Anne: Identity Formation in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angelp. 191
"Touch Me and Die, Vermin!": The Psychoanalysis of Illyriap. 199
Interview with Alexis Denisofp. 205
"The Strength and Conviction to Lose So Relentlessly": Heroism in Angelp. 213
Firefly and Serenity
Joss Whedon 101: Fireflyp. 223
Still Flying: An Interview with Tim Minerap. 225
Joss Whedon 101: Serenityp. 239
A Postcolonial Provocation: Serenityp. 243
The Death of Utopia: Firefly and the Return to Human Realism in TV Sci-Fip. 253
Can't Stop the Serenity: Joss Whedon's Shows and Fan Activismp. 258
The Ethics of Malcolm Reynoldsp. 261
Heroic Humanism and Humanistic Heroism in Joss Whedon's Showsp. 264
The Power of Fandom in the Whedonversep. 270
Zombies, Reavers, Butchers, and Actuals in Joss Whedon's Workp. 285
Nathan Fillion Misbehaves All Across the Whedonversep. 298
Joss Whedon 101: Frayp. 307
Joss Whedon 101: Astonishing X-Menp. 310
Tom Brokaw's Coat: Joss Whedon, Astonishing X-Men and the Accessibility of Historyp. 313
Joss Whedon 101: Runawaysp. 320
Joss Whedon 101: Angel: After the Fallp. 324
IDW Retrospect: A Look Back At IDW's Angel with Brain Lynch and Scott Tiptonp. 329
Joss Whedon 101: Sugarshock!p. 334
Joss Whedon 101: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eightp. 337
Giant Dawn and Mutant Superheroes: Joss Whedon in Comicsp. 341
Joss Whedon 101: Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hopep. 352
Chronological Bibliography of Print Comics Written by Joss Whedonp. 359
Much with the Moral Ambiguity: An Examination of the Fallen Heroes and Redeemed Villains in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight and Angel: After the Fallp. 361
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Joss Whedon 101: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blogp. 371
The Night Billy Buddy Died: Dr. Horrible's Tragicomic Inversion of Spider-Manp. 375
"What a Crazy Random Happenstance": Destiny and Free Will in Dr. Horriblep. 380
Joss Whedon 101: Dollhousep. 389
Identity and Memory in Dollhousep. 393
The Dystopian Future in Joss Whedon's Workp. 398
Buffy and Dollhouse: Visions of Female Empowerment and Disempowermentp. 401
Dollhouse, Fox Television, and Cultural Fragmentationp. 407
Fantasy Is Their Business, But It Is Not Their Purpose": The Metaphor of Dollhousep. 411
Joss Whedon 101: Buffy The Vampire Slayer (The Movie)p. 429
Alien Resurrection, the Script That Shaped Joss Whedon's Careerp. 431
Joss Whedon 101: The Cabin in the Woodsp. 440
Joss Whedon 101: The Avengersp. 443
Six Reasons Why Joss Whedon Is the Perfect Director for The Avengersp. 447
Mapping the Whedonverses: Whedon Studies 1999 and Beyondp. 457
Buffy the Vampire Stayer Episode Listp. 465
Angel Episode Listp. 470
Firefly Episode Listp. 473
Dollhouse Episode Listp. 474
Author Biographiesp. 477
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