Female punishment in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

Thompson, Florence (2008) Female punishment in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    My dissertation dispels the belief that "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (Buffy) is a feminist text. Through the notion of punishments as well Buffy's inclusion of racial bigotry Buffy can be established as a text that adheres to socially constructed notions of gender, race and sexuality. As such, through the exploration of Buffy's protagonist Buffy as well as Willow, Angel, Spike, Giles and Xander I will determine how Buffy uses the notion of punishments to segregate any character that does not meet a supposed normative male, white, heterosexual criterion. Thus Buffy punishes the female characters and the characters that are presumed to be racial Others. Buffy and Willow's lack of control over their own lives cause both to suffer and Angel and Spike's status as racial Other establishes both as dangerous until their assimilation. Buffy's positive portrayal of assimilation enables continued abuses of racial Other characters despite assimilation often leading to death. Consequently Buffy's positive portrayal of strong, assertive femininity is undermined through consistent punishments as is Buffy's supposed positive images of the racial Other.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/513

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