Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

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Wow there's a plethora of Whedonverse scholarship out there. I thought i had acquired all the essay books (figuring i could mostly take a pass on the episode guides/trivia books) save the particularly recent The Watcher's Guide, Volume 3, Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Television Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale, and the Firefly essay book -- which really i thought was rather a lot -- but apparently there are a slew of recent and upcoming books i didn't know about:

-Televised Morality: The Case of Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Gregory Stevenson - Publisher: Hamilton Books (April 28, 2004)
-Five Seasons of Angel : Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Vampire by Glenn Yeffeth (editor) (Smart Pop series) - Publisher: Benbella Books (October 28, 2004)
-Sex And The Slayer: A Gender Studies Primer For The Buffy Fan by Lorna Jowett - Publisher: Wesleyan University Press (April 1, 2005)
-Red Noise: Television Studies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Lisa Parks - Publisher: Duke Univ Pr (May 31, 2005)
-Blood Relations: Chosen Families In Buffy The Vampire Slayer And Angel by Jess Battis - Publisher: McFarland & Company (October 31, 2005)
-Why Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slaye by Rhonda Wilcox - Publisher: I.B.Tauris (December 9, 2005)

Amazon has this new feature in which it tells you the "statistically improbable phrases" found in books. I have no idea what practical purpose this serves, but it's sure fun. Ones surprising to me include "vengeance demon" (from Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale) and "unbaptized babies" (The History of Hell by Alice Turner) are some such phrases.

I was telling Emma that if i ever grow up and teach it's gonna be like teaching Shakespeare or something -- "Well, there's a ten year archive of a journal, plus twenty essay collections and a number of episode-by-episode guides to the series. These four websites are also particularly good, as are these eighteen online discussion forums." This of course warms the cockles of my academic heart.

And the two people i know who are studying abroad this semester are both currently working on papers about fanfic/fandom, so i'm being introduced to more scholarship in that area.

Yeah, i will be a dork for life, with or without resume credentials. (And i really should add to my summer reading list some of the stuff that gets referenced a lot, like Joseph Campbell, maybe read some Nietzsche or at least a primer, etc.)
Tags: cultural studies geek, fandom academic

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