Buffy the Academic Slayer

Posted by sepoy on May 29, 2004 · 3 mins read

We discovered Buffy: The Vampire Slayer late - in the seventh season. And thanks only to sven. Now, I admit, I am hooked. I love the humor, mainly. But, there are others to whom Buffyverse is a vast, uncharted space for interstatial observations.
There is Ken Kuykendall, a Mormon youth leader, who uses Buffy to teach Christ.
There is a literary theory thriller where Buffy stands in for pomo-bashing.
There is philosophy.
And, after all that is said and done: there is The Slayage Conference on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. An academic affair that attracted philosophers, theologians, physicists(?) and literary critics. Some papers that caught my attention:

  • Structural Identity, or Saussure Visits Buffy/Angel's World: What's the Difference? - AmiJo Comeford (University of Nevada at Las Vegas)
  • Renegotiating Identity: Viewing the Post 9/11 Buffyverse in a Post 9/11 World. - Jill Gorman (Rollins College)
  • Im/Material Girl: Abjection, Penetration, and the Postmodern Body on BtVS. - Jasmine Hall (Elms College)
  • "Oh Stay! You Are So Beautiful": Angel the Vampire Faust. - Angela Lin† (Vanderbilt University)
  • Buffy Slays Walt Disney. - Katia McClain (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Russian Existentialism and Vampire Slayage: A Shestovian Key to the Power and Popularity of BtVS. - J. M. Richardson and J. D. Rabb (Lakehead University)
  • Warrior Heroes: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Beowulf. - David Fritts (Henderson Community College)
  • "Il y a" the Vampire Slayer: Encountering Levinas Through "Hush". - Christopher Berry (Purdue University)
  • "Don't Speak Latin in Front of the Books": Knowledge, Power, and History in BtVS. - Jennifer Welsh (Duke University)
  • "Actually, No Wheeling Is More My Specialty": Why Buffy Doesn't Drive. - Brett Rogers and Walter Scheidel (Stanford University), Distinguished Speaker
  • "Why don't you just go back where you came from?" Aspects of Post-Colonial Theory in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. - Russ Jackson
  • Magic, Classical Physics, and the Conservation of Energy and Matter. - Scott Speakman (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
  • Self Becoming or Becoming Self? A Comparative Study of Buffy and the Hindu Saint Antal on Identity and Self-Realization. - Tracy Tiemeier (Boston College)
  • "This Is How Many Apocalypses for Us Now?": The Buffyverse Apocalyptic and Premillenialist Christianity. - Lisa Roy Vox (Emory University)
  • A Vampire Is Being Beaten: De Sade Through the Looking Glass in Buffy and Angel. - Jenny Alexander (University of Sussex, Falmer)
  • The Male Hero in Feminist Society: Comparisons of Buffy's Spike and the Iroquois' Hiawatha. - Linda Jencson (Appalachian State University)

So, today, we are gonna go and pick up a copy of the 6th season DVD and I am going to start studying over the long weekend. yeah.


sven | June 01, 2004

actually you started watching in the sixth season. i pay attention.