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  • Taschenbuch: 246 Seiten
  • Verlag: Tauris I B; Auflage: Updated and Exp. (26. August 2005)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1845110293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845110291
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,2 x 1,7 x 35,6 cm
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CRITICAL STUDIES IN TELEVISION 'Insightful and often illuminating to one's understanding of the series... a convincing argument' - Stacey Abbott

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Hugely enjoyable, long awaited book by top world authority on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". Buffy is still on screens and on DVD in home television libraries of a wide array of TV watchers and fans. This is also the student text for TV and cultural studies at colleges and universities where Buffy is widely taught. Rhonda Wilcox is a world authority on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", who has been writing and lecturing about the show since its arrival on our screens. This book is the distillation of this remarkable body of work and thought, a celebration of the series that she proposes is an aesthetic test case for television. Buffy is enduring as art, she argues, by exploring its own possibilities for long-term construction as well as producing individual episodes that are powerful in their own right. She examines therefore the larger patterns that extend through many episodes: the hero myth, the imagery of light, naming symbolism, Spike, sex and redemption, Buffy Summers compared and contrasted with Harry Potter. She then moves in to focus on individual episodes, such as the "Buffy musical Once More, with Feeling", the largely silent Hush and the dream episode "Restless" (T.S.

Eliot comes to television). She also examines Buffy's ways of making meaning - from literary narrative and symbolism to visual imagery and sound. Combining great intelligence and wit, written for the wide Buffy readership, this is the worthy companion to the show that has claimed and kept the minds and hearts of watchers worldwide.


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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Sophia Kati am 17. Februar 2013
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Rhonda Wilcox, Führende der BUFFY STUDIES (ja, die gibt es!), verpasst eine persönliche, wenn gleich hoch komplexe und gut durchdachte Femmage an ihre Lieblingsserie. Diese schneidet verschiedene wichtige Diskurse um die Tv-Serie BUFFY an, illustriert aber vor allem die Affektion der Autorin für ihr Sujet. Das Buch hat einen wissenschaftlichen Tonfall und eignet sich daher nicht für Leser, die Trivia oder ähnliches rund um die Serie suchen; es ist aber wohl perfekt, wenn man eine seriöse Auseinandersetzung mit BUFFY sucht, was sich vor allem in den Themen niederschlägt, so wird BUFFY unter anderem mit (anderen) Werken der Literatur/ bzw. Popkultur in Verbindung gesetzt und Vergleiche gezogen (BUFFY vs HARRY POTTER)und verschiedene Episoden nach den ihnen innewohnenden Problemstellungen analysiert, also z.B. die Idee des Quality Tv und wie es sich mit dem Übernatürlichen der Serie vereinbaren lässt, illustriert anhand einer der besten Episoden "The Body".

Ich empfehle dieses Buch jenen Lesern, die entweder diese oft dem Quality Tv nicht sofort zugerechnete Serie einer wissenschaftlichen Prüfung unterziehen wollen, oder jenen, deren Interesse über das bloße Sehen der Episoden hinausgeht (hin zu einem Verstehenwollen im Kontext der (Populär-)Kultur).
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Ich gebe 5 Sterne für dieses Buch. Auch dies war ein Geschenk und ich bin wie bei oben stehendem Spiel sehr zufrieden damit. Vielen Dank, gerne wieder.
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More than meets the eye 20. November 2005
Von Kenneth Hannsgen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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After you've watched several episodes of the 7-year TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," you begin to suspect that, just as in Sunnydale, something is going on beneath the surface. Wilcox explores the depths, revealing the artistic devices with which the series' creators built their marvelous world. This hardened "Buffy" follower found new insights and observations throughout the book. (Try, for example, the chapters on Buffy/Spike, "The Body," and "Once More, With Feeling.") Wilcox convinced me, too, that there's still much more to think about here - a telling point in the argument that Buffy matters.
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Academic Buffy Without A Lot of Jargon 9. März 2006
Von Breezie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I bought this book after Christmas and really enjoyed it. I found Wilcox's writing to be clear and often concise. I really enjoyed the essay topics that she included, especially "When Buffy Meets Harry" which compares Buffy and Harry Potter. She does a remarkable job comparing to two of them. As a student in Media Studies and Philosophy, I found her analysis on various subjects to be very insightful.

Non-academics can really appreciate this book and understand her essays. While I do have some philosophical background, I was still able to grasp her material much easier the first time around than some of the essays I have found in other academic Buffy books.

My only complaint is her fixation with Freud, I felt that Freud and phallic comparisons were made far more often than necessary and in ways that I didn't feel were warranted. But it could just be that I'm not a big fan a Freud.

In conclusion, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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An important set of essays on a seminal television series 6. Januar 2006
Von Robert Moore - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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To this day, when discussing aesthetic matters with my more intellectual friends, if I mention BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, the initial reaction is usually a snicker, as if bringing BUFFY into a serious discussion was indistinguishable from doing the same with BARNEY or HEE HAW. Once they realize that I'm not making a joke but being serious, there is a somewhat stunned reaction, then amazement upon realizing that this television show with the inconceivably silly name might be taken seriously by anyone. Then there is further amazement when I inform them that BUFFY is probably the most popular show of all time among academics, who often tend to write about it not merely as detached spectators, but fans. In fact, nearly three years after the end of the series, Buffy Studies remains a vital and even expanding field. As television studies moves more and more towards the textual discussion of individual shows, a canon of the great shows is gradually forming. Though the list of canonical shows is rather small and still very much in flux, there is no question that BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER is one of those few shows. Rhonda Wilcox, author of this fine collection of essays, has done as much as anyone within academia to further the serious discussion of the show.

Why does Wilcox's book matter? I can best illustrate this by referring to a proposal that C. S. Lewis makes in AN EXPERIMENT IN CRITICISM. Most critics, Lewis points out, primarily focus on what works are good or bad, a practice Lewis laments because what is regarded as great in one generation is frowned upon in another, while a reviled book in one era is considered a classic in another. Instead, Lewis suggests, we should focus instead on what works promote good reading and which preclude it. John Donne, for instance, in any age can be read in a good fashion, while a romance novel cannot. What is good reading? It incorporates such things as rereading, constant reflection over certain passages, ongoing discussion about it, and perhaps memorization of some passages. These are merely a few of the activities that works that promote good reading can generate. I believe Lewis's proposal applies equally to film and television viewing. And BUFFY can be read in a "good" fashion. If anyone doubts me on this, I would point to Wilcox's book as concrete proof that my contention is true. I believe Wilcox proves beyond doubt that BUFFY generates good viewing. She does this in a host of ways. For instance, she frequently teases out various themes in the series, such as the use of light imagery in the show or the role that names plays. She explains the logic of the series, many of the major narrative devices, the role and use of music in the series, and the way language is employed. She furthermore takes up in the second half of the book a number of individual episodes and amplifies many of the explicit or latent themes contained within. I will not say that everyone will like BUFFY after reading Wilcox's boo, but I will state that it will quiet any snickers and they will at least admit that it is a show to be taken seriously.

Although Wilcox is an academic, I believe the book will appeal to less academically inclined fans of the show. Her writing is very clear and always accessible. Certainly fans of the show will find the going at least as easy as those academics that are unfamiliar with the show but more accustomed to academic writing. I found the book to be very smooth sailing. I not only have a strong academic background but am one of those fans of the show who can name most of the show's 144 episodes in order and by title. My point is that I think the book will have broad appeal.

I do have two bones to pick with the book. First, Wilcox doesn't quite make good on the title. There is never a point at which she either states that BUFFY should matter or why the show does. There is an odd disjunct between the book's title and the content of the book. The subtitle really should have been the title of the book. Second, Joseph Campbell. For my tastes Campbell is mentioned way, way too much. My academic background is in the study of religion and in philosophy (the former earlier in my career and the latter later). Joseph Campbell is strongly reviled among academic students of religion and is widely considered something of an intellectual mountebank. Significantly, few in comparative religion or theology take any of Campbell's work seriously at all. Virtually all of Campbell's fans within academia are in Literature and outside academia New Age religionists or fans of Carl Jung. I don't have the space here to explain all the problems serious students of religion have with Campbell (let me opaquely state that Campbell makes a vast number of unargued for assumptions that if questioned-and they ought to be-undermine virtually everything he says). I think it perhaps significant to acknowledge that Joss Whedon was familiar with Joseph Campbell's work, but I found every use of Campbell to illumine BUFFY an unwarranted distraction.

Those two complaints aside, this is clearly a book of the first importance for fans of BUFFY. But it is also an important book for those who find the expanding textual discussion (i.e., treating TV shows as texts in their own right, and not merely studying them for their wider cultural or sociological significance) to be one of the most stimulating alterations in Television Studies in recent years. Hopefully we will see more studies like this not merely on BUFFY but on some of the other shows that are candidates for television's emerging canon.
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Sadly disappointing. 21. Februar 2006
Von cannotlogon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was eager to read this book, but, ultimately found it wanting and remarkably sloppy. The book's intent, ostensibly, is to evaluate/examine the place of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the context of art, television and storytelling, in general. While it might very well have accomplished this laudable task, it is, in the end, undone by a truly slapdash writing and editing. The individual chapters are horribly disjointed, and the thematic arcs are lost in a mish-mash of misplaced references and overlong digressions that are almost imposssible to follow.

Initially, I thought perhaps this was a product of the kind of stilted, self-congratulatory, self-referential writing that weighs down many "academic" endeavors to discuss TV; however, as I continued to muddle through this book -- making inevitable mental comparisons to the many far better books I've read on the subject -- I realized that it was hindered not by its subject or its goal, but merely by poor writing and even worse editing.

I've read four or five books on the TV series, and found them all, in some manner or another, enriching and informative (the best of the lot by far being "Philosophy and BtVS: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale"). Alas, this was not one of them.
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Go buy it now 21. Mai 2008
Von R. Plant - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I found this book absolutely fascinating. Anyone whom is interested in the critical analysis of televison or film should read this. In terms of her writing, she does digress and is often bias- but she has clear and strong arugments with which she backs up well.
I admit, I am a huge Buffy fan. And yes, I am making an effort to read all the literature out there on the show (I do myself write articles) BUT I don't think you need to be a Buffy fan to read this.
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