By James B. South
How can Buffy’s spiritual symbolism be squared with author Joss Whedon’s professed atheism? Is Buffy actually a Kierkegaardian knight of religion? Do Faith’s corruption and go back to the nice existence reveal Platonic eudaimonism? Or do they illustrate the issues in Nietzsche’s superman proposal? What does the show’s therapy of vampires, demons, and different entities say approximately moral attitudes towards nonhumans? those are a number of the questions requested and replied during this full of life choice of essays that hyperlink classical philosophy to the long-running sequence Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy’s prestige because the prime motor vehicle for exploring the evil underlying way of life has made it ripe for the type of witty, penetrating philosophical research this publication supplies -- absolutely disintering the highbrow matters that underlie this cult favourite.
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22 248 Behind the Laughter 49 Themes, Discussion Points, Teachable Elements Other Notes body image; revenge; Hollywood; superﬁciality; parody (soap operas, sitcoms, narrative selfcontainment [the ending mocks the formulaic nature of sitcoms]) Narrative structure (ﬂashforward); Native American stereotypes/casinos; Pinocchio; linguistics (idiomatic expressions); politics/politicians Stereotypes (Italians); alcoholism/AA; relationships; co-dependency; parody (The Days of Wine and Roses); competition Stereotypes (Southerners, Floridians, police ofﬁcers); Florida; spring break; mental health; crime; chain gangs Stereotypes (Latin Americans); sports (dance); parenting; parody (Flubber); pressure/ expectations Marriage; jealousy; parody (The Hand That Rocks the Cradle); mental health; crime (attempted murder) Parody (Behind the Music, Beatlemania); celebrity culture (fame, wealth); self-referentiality (television families, television shows, Fox, Simpsons merchandise, clips of fake episodes mixed in with actual episodes); linguistics (mixed and absurd metaphors in the 50 Season Number and Episode I’m Learnding!
25 153 Summer of 4 Ft. 12 165 35 Themes, Discussion Points, Teachable Elements Other Notes Burlesque; oil spills; environment, environmentalists; punishment; parenting; community morals; parody (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) A Milhouse Divided Divorce; dinner parties; marriage; family Lisa’s Date with Density Dating; bullies; crushes; crime (fraud); telemarketing; parody (Rebel without a Cause) Hurricane Neddy Anger; psychotic breakdown; hurricane; parenting; prayer; faith; psychotherapy; spanking; linguistics (neologism: “spankological”) El Viaje Misterioso de Parody (spaghetti westerns, Nuestro Jomer The Magical Mystery Tour); marriage; relationships; hallucinations; Carlos Castaneda (spirit guides, spiritual journeys) The Springﬁeld Files Parody/crossovers (Plan Nine from Outer Space, The X-Files); marriage; alcoholism; mob rule; storytelling (framing); self-referentiality (Homer on T-shirts, Fox’s Alien Autopsy) The Twisted World of Franchises; investing; Marge Simpson organized crime; competition; feminism Mountain of Madness National Park System; John Muir; management strategies (team-building exercises); competition; cheating 36 I’m Learnding!
25 203 Natural Born Kissers 41 Themes, Discussion Points, Teachable Elements Other Notes Bullies; playdates; capital punishment; prison; peer pressure; linguistics (morphemes) The Naval Reserve; fads; “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”; parody (parody of Crimson Tide, basic training in comedies such as Private Benjamin); war games Taxes/tax fraud; Cuba; larceny; FBI (spying) Parody of television (ratings, cartoons, kids’ news shows, human interest stories); sibling rivalry; family relationships The environment; sanitation; elections; campaign promises; public ofﬁce; parody (advertising, rock concerts); running for ofﬁce; censorship (Censors wanted “wanker” removed from the episode at ﬁrst) Publicity stunts; parenting; role models; nutrition bars; ﬁtness; mountain climbing; cannibalism Museums; Egyptian artifacts; public transportation; parenting; health care; crime (breaking and entering); mystery; father-daughter relationships Marriage; sex; sexuality; exhibitionism; Casablanca; nudity/censorship (Current censorship rules won’t permit the same nudity in new episodes, 42 Season Number and Episode I’m Learnding!