Joss Whedon vs. The Horror Tradition: The Production of Genre in Buffy and Beyond by way of Kristopher Karl Woofter, Lorna Jowett
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Overview: Although ostensibly introduced as “mild leisure,” the paintings of writer-director-producer Joss Whedon takes a lot darkish inspiration from the horror style to create a singular aesthetic and carry out a cultural critique. Featuring monsters, the undead, in addition to drawing upon folklore and fairy stories, his many productions each rejoice and masterfully repurpose the traditions of horror for their very own manner. Woofter and Jowett’s assortment seems at how Whedon revisits current feminist tropes within the ’70s and ’80s “slasher” craze by the use of Buffy the Vampire Slayer to create a feminist saga; the leading edge use of silent cinema tropes to provide a brand new fear-laden, film-television intertext; postmodernist reflexivity in Cabin within the Woods; in addition to exploring new ideas on “cosmic dread” and the chic for a richer figuring out of programmes Dollhouse and Firefly. Chapters give you the historic context of horror in addition to the precise manufacturing backgrounds that by way of turns improve, constrain or become this mode of filmmaking. Informed by way of a variety of concept from inside of philosophy, movie research, queer research, psychoanalysis, feminism and different fields, the professional contributions to this quantity end up the long-lasting relevance of Whedon’s genre-based universe to the learn about of movie, tv, pop culture and past.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General