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August 02 2007

Scholars Love a Merry Marvel Midlife Crisis. The cry resounds throughout all of academia for learned treatises on the chosen one's epic transmogrification into a comic book, as well as Joss "Whedon’s work on [the] Amazing[ly Astonishing] X-Men, Runaways, Fray, or Tales of the Vampires/Tales of the Slayers."

The Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations note: "There have been multiple successful panels on the work of Joss Whedon (eight in 2007, including a performance piece)."

So: "The Area Chairs of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Area again invite paper and panel proposals on the special topic of Joss Whedon's work, including the comics, Buffy: TVS, Angel, Firefly, and Serenity."

[ edited by Pointy on 2007-08-03 03:29 ]

The construction of place


I have no idea what that means.
Simon said

I have no idea what that means.


I don't know either, Simon but...
I'm guessin' maybe the construction of the universes he writes about and the way he places his character's within those realms?
Ok, some scholarly person will come along and put me in my place right? Then I'll really know what it's about. :)
Re: construction of place. An example might be how comfortable many of the female characters are in public places, including alleys at night. Traditionally, men have controlled a lot of public places while women were supposed to be in charge of the home.
Another example is how people are marginalized in Serenity because they live on the outer planets.
My favorite book on this topic is "Gender, Identity & Place: Understanding Feminist Geographies" by Linda McDowell.
I just got killed by the connection failing after writing a long post in response to the question! Ah, well, maybe less wind is a good thing....

FollowMal and Suze have it right: how does the construction of the environments in Buffy (or other works) create meaning for the characters? For instance, how does Sunnydale or the high school library function as places for these characters? (BTW, this has been written about a bit already).

BTW: I'm stoked that my announcement got placed on Whedonesque! Thanks! Alyson
Ok, I'll be the nitpicker...It's Astonishing X-Men, not Amazing. But beyond that, how I wish these kind of presentations had been available in my neck of the woods when I was an impressionable college student!
The announcement showed up in my work e-mail, whedongeek, to my great delight! (Especially since work is all about facts, not fictions.)

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