I'm Buffy and You're History
In, I'm Buffy and You're History: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Contemporary Feminism, Dr Trisha Pender, of the Centre for 21st Century Humanities looks at the world's most famous vampire slayer and feminist icon.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer gave contemporary TV viewers an exhilarating alternative to the the tired cultural trope of a hapless, attractive blonde woman victimized by a murderous male villain. With its strong, capable heroine, witty dialogue, and a creator (Joss Whedon) who identifies himself as a feminist, the cult show became one of the most widely analysed texts in contemporayy popular culture. I’m Buffy and You’re History puts the entire series under the microscope, investigating its gender and feminist politics.
Patricia Pender argues that Buffy includes diverse elements of feminism and reconfigures – and sometimes revises – the ideals of American second wave
feminism for a wide third wave audience. She also explores the ways in which the final season’s vision of collective feminist activism negotiates racial and class boundaries. Exploring the Slayer’s postmodern politics, her position as a third wave feminist icon, her placing of masculinity in extremis, and her fandom and legacy in popular culture, this is a fresh and challenging contribution to the growing literature on the pitfalls and pleasures of a great cult TV show.