The Philosophy of Joss Whedon

His renown has only grown with subsequent creations, including Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, and the innovative online series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

Author: Dean A. Kowalski

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813139975

Category: Philosophy

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Every generation produces a counterculture icon. Joss Whedon, creator of the long-running television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is famed for his subversive wit, rich characters, and extraordinary plotlines. His renown has only grown with subsequent creations, including Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, and the innovative online series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Through premises as unusual as a supernatural detective agency run by a vampire and a Western set in outer space, Whedon weaves stories about characters forced to make commonplace moral decisions under the most bizarre of circumstances. The Philosophy of Joss Whedon examines Whedon's plots and characterizations to reveal their philosophical takes on the limits of personal freedom, sexual morality, radical evil, and Daoism.

Joss Whedon as Philosopher

In this book, Dean Kowalski argues that filmmakers can “do” philosophy when creating a fictional narrative film, and utilizes a careful and extensive analysis of Joss Whedon’s fictive creations—Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, ...

Author: Dean Kowalski

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739196663

Category: Philosophy

Page: 278

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In this book, Dean Kowalski argues that filmmakers can “do” philosophy when creating a fictional narrative film, and utilizes a careful and extensive analysis of Joss Whedon’s fictive creations—Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, and The Cabin in the Woods (among others)—to establish this thesis. This book appeals to many different readers. For the many admirers of Whedon’s fictive creations, it offers one of the most comprehensive analyses of his corpus. It reprises many examples and dialogue passages from the far corners of the so-called “Whedonverse.” You’ll get a chance to re-experience your favorite dramatic moments, and think about them in novel ways. For popular culture scholars, it offers illustrations of various philosophical theories, explains how those theories pertain to relevant data points in Whedon’s oeuvre, and assesses whether, or to what extent, they have real-world application. For philosophers of film, it explicates crucial issues germane to the film-as-philosophy debate, but also expands them to television—all in the attempt to demonstrate why it is that Whedon ought to be included among those rare filmmakers who engage the philosophical process via their artistry.

Joss Whedon as Philosopher

In this book, Dean Kowalski argues that filmmakers can "do" philosophy when creating a fictional narrative film, and utilizes a careful and extensive analysis of Joss Whedon's fictive creations--Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, ...

Author: Dean Kowalski

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ISBN: 0739196650

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In this book, Dean Kowalski argues that filmmakers can "do" philosophy when creating a fictional narrative film, and utilizes a careful and extensive analysis of Joss Whedon's fictive creations--Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, and The Cabin in the Woods (among others)--to establish this thesis. This book appeals to many different readers. For the many admirers of Whedon's fictive creations, it offers one of the most comprehensive analyses of his corpus. It reprises many examples and dialogue passages from the far corners of the so-called "Whedonverse." You'll get a chance to re-experience your favorite dramatic moments, and think about them in novel ways. For popular culture scholars, it offers illustrations of various philosophical theories, explains how those theories pertain to relevant data points in Whedon's oeuvre, and assesses whether, or to what extent, they have real-world application. For philosophers of film, it explicates crucial issues germane to the film-as-philosophy debate, but also expands them to television--all in the attempt to demonstrate why it is that Whedon ought to be included among those rare filmmakers who engage the philosophical process via their artistry.

Joss Whedon as Shakespearean Moralist

Drawing on the works of Shakespeare and American screenwriter Joss Whedon, this study in narrative ethics contends that Whedon is the Shakespeare of our time.

Author: J. Douglas Rabb

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786474400

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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Drawing on the works of Shakespeare and American screenwriter Joss Whedon, this study in narrative ethics contends that Whedon is the Shakespeare of our time. The Bard wrote before the influence of the modern moral philosophers, while Whedon is writing in the postmodern period. It is argued that Whedon's work is more in harmony with the early modern values of Shakespeare than with modern ethics, which trace their origin to 17th and 18th century moral philosophy. This study includes a detailed discussion of representative works of Shakespeare and Whedon, showing how they can and should be read as forms of narrative ethics.

The Existential Joss Whedon

We fully realize that some may dismiss our claims about contemporary American philosophy because they are based in part on pop culture, on Joss Whedon's popular television series, rather than on what goes on in the philosophy ...

Author: J. Michael Richardson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786455300

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 204

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This study examines the major works of contemporary American television and film screenwriter Joss Whedon. The authors argue that these works are part of an existentialist tradition that stretches back from the French atheistic existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre, through the Danish Christian existentialist Søren Kierkegaard, to the Russian novelist and existentialist Fyodor Dostoevsky. Whedon and Dostoevsky, for example, seem preoccupied with the problem of evil and human freedom. Both argue that in each and every one of us “a demon lies hidden.” Whedon personifies these demons and has them wandering about and causing havoc. Dostoevsky treats the subject only slightly more seriously. Chapters cover such topics as Russian existentialism and vampire slayage; moral choices; ethics; Faith and bad faith; constructing reality through existential choice; some limitations of science and technology; love and self-sacrifice; love, witchcraft, and vengeance; soul mates and moral responsibility; love and moral choice; forms of freedom; and Whedon as moral philosopher.

Joss Whedon and Religion

This is a collection of new essays on the religious themes in, and the implications of, the works of Joss Whedon, creator of such shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, and more recently writer and director of the box-office ...

Author: Anthony R. Mills,

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786472901

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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"This collection of essays on the religious themes in, and the implications of, the works of Joss Whedon addresses such topics as ethics, racism, feminism, politics, spiritual transformation, witchcraft, identity, community, heroism, apocalypse, and others. The disciplinary approaches vary as well; history, theology, philosophy of religion, phenomenology, cultural studies, and religious studies are all employed in different ways"--

Joss Whedon s Big Damn Movie

“Seeking Authenticity in the Whedonverse,” in dean A. kowalski and S. evan kreider (eds.) The Philosophy of Joss Whedon. Lexington: University Press of kentucky, 151–167. Grinnell, Jason d. (2011). “Aristotle, kant, Spike, and Jayne: ...

Author: Frederick Blichert

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476632698

Category: Art

Page: 242

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 When Joss Whedon’s television show Firefly (2002–2003) was cancelled, devoted fans cried foul and demanded more—which led to the 2005 feature film Serenity. Both the series and the film were celebrated for their melding of science fiction and western iconography, dystopian settings, underdog storylines, and clever fast-paced dialogue. Firefly has garnered a great deal of scholarly attention—less so, Serenity. This collection of new essays, the first focusing exclusively on the film, examines its depictions of race, ableism, social engineering and systems of power, and its status as a crime film, among other topics.

Joss Whedon s Dollhouse

“Heroes and Villains: Morality, the Will to Power and the Overman in the Works of Joss Whedon.” In The Philosophy of Joss Whedon, edited by Dean A. Kowalski and S. Evan Kreider, 133–48. Louisville: University Press of Kentucky, 2011.

Author: Sherry Ginn

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442233133

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 254

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This collection of essays contextualizes Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse as a postmodern investigation into what makes us human and as an examination of how technology invariably transforms our identity and perhaps even our humanity. Together, these essays provide a provocative meditation on how one example of science fiction comments on the state of personal identity in a 21st-century society dependent on forms of technology that threaten the individual. This collection of essays examines the various characters and themes presented in the series throughout its two-year run on television. In addition, the essays look at how the series fits into Joss Whedon’s oeuvre as auteur, director, and producer.

Joss Whedon and Religion

For more on this interpretation of authenticity in the Whedonverse, see Joseph J. Foy and Dean A. Kowalski, “Seeking Authenticity in the Whedonverse,” in The Philosophy ofJoss Whedon, 151–167. 29. The story arc extends from “Darla” to ...

Author: Anthony R. Mills,

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476612539

Category: Performing Arts

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This is a collection of new essays on the religious themes in, and the implications of, the works of Joss Whedon, creator of such shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, and more recently writer and director of the box-office hit Marvel’s The Avengers. The book addresses such topics as ethics, racism, feminism, politics, witchcraft, spiritual transformation, identity, community, heroism, apocalypse, and other theologically significant themes of Whedon’s creative enterprises. The disciplinary approaches vary as well; history, theology, philosophy of religion, phenomenology, cultural studies, and religious studies are all employed. The various essay authors differ in that some are clearly believers in God, some are clearly not, and others leave that matter aside.

The Whedonverse Catalog

Reading Joss Whedon, edited by Rhonda V. Wilcox, et al., Syracuse University Press, 2014, pp. 29 –311. ... The Philosophy of Joss Whedon, edited by Dean A. Kowalski and S. Evan Kreider, University Press of Kentucky, 2011, pp. 1–8 .

Author: Don Macnaughtan

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476631608

Category: Reference

Page: 281

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Director, producer and screenwriter Joss Whedon is a creative force in film, television, comic books and a host of other media. This book provides an authoritative survey of all of Whedon's work, ranging from his earliest scriptwriting on Roseanne, through his many movie and TV undertakings--Toy Story, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly/Serenity, Dr. Horrible, The Cabin in the Woods, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.--to his forays into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The book covers both the original texts of the Whedonverse and the many secondary works focusing on Whedon's projects, including about 2000 books, essays, articles, documentaries and dissertations.

Classic Questions and Contemporary Film

Featuring significant revisions and updates, Classic Questions and Contemporary Film: An Introduction to Philosophy, 2nd Edition uses popular movies as a highly accessible framework for introducing key philosophical concepts Explores 28 ...

Author: Dean A. Kowalski

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118585641

Category: Philosophy

Page: 344

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Featuring significant revisions and updates, Classic Questions and Contemporary Film: An Introduction to Philosophy, 2nd Edition uses popular movies as a highly accessible framework for introducing key philosophical concepts Explores 28 films with 18 new to this edition, including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Hotel Rwanda, V for Vendetta, and Memento Discusses numerous philosophical issues not covered in the first edition, including a new chapter covering issues of personal identity, the meaningfulness of life and death, and existentialism Offers a rich pedagogical framework comprised of key classic readings, chapter learning outcomes, jargon-free argument analysis, critical thinking and trivia questions, a glossary of terms, and textboxes with notes on the movies discussed Revised to be even more accessible to beginning philosophers

Reading Joss Whedon

In “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale, edited by James B. South, 197–211. Chicago: Open Court. Kirkland, Ewan. 2005. “The Caucasian Persuasion in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Author: Rhonda V. Wilcox

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815652830

Category: Performing Arts

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In an age when geek chic has come to define mainstream pop culture, few writers and producers inspire more admiration and response than Joss Whedon. From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Much Ado About Nothing, from Dr. Horrible’s Sing–Along Blog to The Avengers, the works of Whedon have been the focus of increasing academic attention. This collection of articles represents some of the best work covering a wide array of topics that clarify Whedon’s importance, including considerations of narrative and visual techniques, myth construction, symbolism, gender, heroism, and the business side of television. The editors argue that Whedon’s work is of both social and aesthetic significance; that he creates "canonical television." He is a master of his artistic medium and has managed this success on broadcast networks rather than on cable. From the focus on a single episode to the exploration of an entire season, from the discussion of a particular narrative technique to a recounting of the history of Whedon studies, this collection will both entertain and educate those exploring Whedon scholarship for the first time and those planning to teach a course on his works.

The Comics of Joss Whedon

The Philosophy of Joss Whedon. Ed. Dean Kowalski and Evan Kreider. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2011.9–23. Barnes, Brooks. “With Fan at the Helm, Marvel Safely Steers Its Heroes to the Screen.” New York Times 25 July 2011.

Author: Valerie Estelle Frankel

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786498857

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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A great deal of scholarship has focused on Joss Whedon's television and film work, which includes Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, The Cabin in the Woods and The Avengers. But Whedon's work in the world of comics has largely been ignored. He created his own dystopian heroine, Fray, assembled the goofy fannish heroes of Sugarshock, and wrote arcs for Marvel's Astonishing X-Men and Runaways. Along with The Avengers, Whedon's contributions to the cinematic Universe include: script doctoring the first X-Men film, writing a ground-shaking Wonder Woman screenplay, and co-creating ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Today, Whedon continues the Buffy and Firefly stories with innovative comics that shatter the rules of storytelling and force his characters to grow through life-altering conflicts. This collection of new essays focuses on Whedon's comics work and its tie-ins with his film and television productions, emphasizing his auteurism in crossing over from panel to screen to panel. Essays focus on the comic inspirations and subversive tropes of the Whedonverse, as well as character changes and new interpretations.

Joss Whedon vs the Horror Tradition

The Production of Genre in Buffy and Beyond Kristopher Karl Woofter, Lorna Jowett. 13. 14. 15. ... In The Philosophy of Joss Whedon, edited by Kowalski, Dean A. and Kreider S. Evan (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2011).

Author: Kristopher Karl Woofter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781786725417

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 344

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Although ostensibly presented as “light entertainment,” the work of writer-director-producer Joss Whedon takes much dark inspiration from the horror genre to create a unique aesthetic and perform a cultural critique. Featuring monsters, the undead, as well as drawing upon folklore and fairy tales, his many productions both celebrate and masterfully repurpose the traditions of horror for their own means. Woofter and Jowett's collection looks at how Whedon revisits existing feminist tropes in the '70s and '80s “slasher” craze via Buffy the Vampire Slayer to create a feminist saga; the innovative use of silent cinema tropes to produce a new fear-laden, film-television intertext; postmodernist reflexivity in Cabin in the Woods; as well as exploring new concepts on “cosmic dread” and the sublime for a richer understanding of programmes Dollhouse and Firefly. Chapters provide the historical context of horror as well as the particular production backgrounds that by turns support, constrain or transform this mode of filmmaking. Informed by a wide range of theory from within philosophy, film studies, queer studies, psychoanalysis, feminism and other fields, the expert contributions to this volume prove the enduring relevance of Whedon's genre-based universe to the study of film, television, popular culture and beyond.

Organizational Communication Approaches to the Works of Joss Whedon

Buffy and Angel conquer the internet: Essays on online fandom. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. Kirshner, R. R. (Writer), & Contner, ... Faith and choice in the works of Joss Whedon. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. ... The philosophy of Joss Whedon.

Author: Andrew F. Herrmann

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781793604866

Category: Social Science

Page: 180

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This book offers an in-depth analysis of the connections between communication, organization, gender, discourses, and ethics in the works of Joss Whedon. It examines how characters go to work in them, how characters fight against them, and how some organizations themselves are characters.

The Avengers and Philosophy

Can a reformed criminal become a superhero? What are the military ethics of the Kree-Skrull war? Is Hank Pym morally responsible for Ultron's behavior? Can Kang really go back in time and kill himself? Can an android love a human?

Author: Mark D. White

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118236451

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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An engaging look at the philosophical underpinnings of Earth's Mightiest Heroes Avengers assemble! Tackling intriguing dilemmas and issues that no single great philosopher can withstand, this powerful book enlists the brainpower of an A-list team of history's most prominent thinkers to explore the themes behind the action of Marvel Comics' all-star superhero team. Arms you with new insights into the characters and themes of The Avengers Deepens your appreciation both of The Avengers comics and the Joss Whedon movie adaptation Answers the philosophical questions you've always had about Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including: Can a reformed criminal become a superhero? Can an android love a human? If a hero beats his wife, is he still a hero? Helps you think differently about the members of the superhero team—Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the others This thought-provoking book will help you understand this band of superheroes better, whether you've followed the Avengers for years or are a Joss Whedon fan just getting to know them.

Joss Whedon Anarchist

This book traces a theme of anarchist theory through the multiple strings of the Whedonverse--all of his works show how ordinary heroes can unite for the love of humanity to save the world from hierarchy and paternalism.

Author: James Rocha

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476637457

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 225

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 Joss Whedon has created numerous TV series, movies, comics and one sing-along-blog, all of which focus on societal problems in the metaphorical guise of monsters-of-the-week and over-arching big-bads. The present work examines structural violence through interdimensional law firm Wolfram & Hart's legal representation of evil. We explore the limits of consent through the Rossum Corporation's coercion and manipulation. We rehearse the struggle to find meaningful freedom from the crew of Serenity. This book traces a theme of anarchist theory through the multiple strings of the Whedonverse--all of his works show how ordinary heroes can unite for the love of humanity to save the world from hierarchy and paternalism.

The Existential Joss Whedon

The authors argue that these works are part of an existentialist tradition that stretches back from the French atheistic existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre, through the Danish Christian existentialist Soren Kierkegaard, to the Russian novelist ...

Author: J. Michael Richardson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786427819

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 204

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This study examines the major works of contemporary American television and film screenwriter Joss Whedon. The authors argue that these works are part of an existentialist tradition that stretches back from the French atheistic existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre, through the Danish Christian existentialist Soren Kierkegaard, to the Russian novelist and existentialist Fyodor Dostoevsky. Whedon and Dostoevsky, for example, seem preoccupied with the problem of evil and human freedom. Both argue that in each and every one of us "a demon lies hidden." Whedon personifies these demons and has them wandering about and causing havoc. Dostoevsky treats the subject only slightly more seriously. Chapters cover such topics as Russian existentialism and vampire slayage; moral choices; ethics; Faith and bad faith; constructing reality through existential choice; some limitations of science and technology; love and self-sacrifice; love, witchcraft, and vengeance; soul mates and moral responsibility; love and moral choice; forms of freedom; and Whedon as moral philosopher.

Buffy to Batgirl

The Philosophy of Joss Whedon. University Press of Kentucky, 2011. Lackey, Mercedes. “Serenity and Bobby Mcgee: Freedom and the Illusion of Freedom in Joss Whedon's Firefly.” In Finding Serenity: Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space ...

Author: Julie M. Still

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476664460

Category: Performing Arts

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Science fiction and fantasy are often thought of as stereotypically male genres, yet both have a long and celebrated history of female creators, characters, and fans. In particular, the science fiction and fantasy heroine is a recognized figure made popular in media such as Alien, The Terminator, and Buffy, The Vampire Slayer. Though imperfect, she is strong and definitely does not need to be saved by a man. This figure has had an undeniable influence on The Hunger Games, Divergent, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and many other, more recent female-led book and movie franchises. Despite their popularity, these fictional women have received inconsistent scholarly interest. This collection of new essays is intended to help fill a gap in the serious discussion of women and gender in science fiction and fantasy. The contributors are scholars, teachers, practicing writers, and other professionals in fields related to the genre. Critically examining the depiction of women and gender in science fiction and fantasy on both page and screen, they focus on characters who are as varied as they are interesting, and who range from vampire slayers to time travelers, witches, and spacefarers.

The Philosophy of J J Abrams

In The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams, editors Patricia L. Brace and Robert Arp assemble the first collection of essays to highlight the philosophical insights of the Hollywood giant's successful career.

Author: Patricia Brace

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813145334

Category: Philosophy

Page: 380

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American auteur Jeffrey Jacob "J. J." Abrams's genius for creating densely plotted scripts has won him broad commercial and critical success in TV shows such as Felicity (1998–2002), Emmy-nominated Alias (2001–2006), Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Lost (2004–2010), and the critically acclaimed Fringe (2008–2013). In addition, his direction in films such as Cloverfield (2008), Super 8 (2011), and the new Mission Impossible and Star Trek films has left fans eagerly awaiting his revival of the Star Wars franchise. As a writer, director, producer, and composer, Abrams seamlessly combines geek appeal with blockbuster intuition, leaving a distinctive stamp on all of his work and establishing him as one of Tinsel Town's most influential visionaries. In The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams, editors Patricia L. Brace and Robert Arp assemble the first collection of essays to highlight the philosophical insights of the Hollywood giant's successful career. The filmmaker addresses a diverse range of themes in his onscreen pursuits, including such issues as personal identity in an increasingly impersonal digitized world, the morality of terrorism, bioethics, friendship, family obligation, and free will. Utilizing Abrams's scope of work as a touchstone, this comprehensive volume is a guide for fans as well as students of film, media, and culture. The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams is a significant contribution to popular culture scholarship, drawing attention to the mind behind some of the most provocative television and movie plots of our day.