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Frankel, Valerie Estelle. Buffy and the Heroine’s Journey: Vampire slayer as feminine chosen one. Jefferson: McFarland, 2012. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-6792-1
BibTeX citation key: Frankel2012
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Buffy", Horror, USA, Whedon. Joss
Creators: Frankel
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson)
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The worlds of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and other modern epics feature the Chosen One—an adolescent boy who defeats the Dark Lord and battles the sorrows of the world. Television’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer represents a different kind of epic—the heroine’s journey, not the hero’s.
This provocative study explores how Buffy blends 1990s girl power and the path of the warrior woman with the oldest of mythic traditions. It chronicles her descent into death and subsequent return like the great goddesses of antiquity. As she sacrifices her life for the helpless, Buffy experiences the classic heroine’s quest, ascending to protector and queen in this timeless metaphor for growing into adulthood.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (ix)

Introduction (1)

1. The Hero’s and Heroine’s Journey (5)
2. Departing the Ordinary World—The Film (13)
3. Refusing the Call, Accepting the Call (26)
4. Allies and Enemies (42)
5. Angel/Angelus (62)
6. Embracing the Shadow: Faith (76)
7. The Rewards of Growing Up (93)
8. Terrible Mother, Powerless Father (99)
9. More Allies, More Enemies (110)
10. Lover/Beast (125)
11. The Powerful Feminine (145)
12. Season Six and the Pain of Return (163)
13. Leading the Next Generation (177)
14. Downfall in Season Eight (189)

Conclusion (204)

Appendix I: Archetypes (205)
Appendix II: Episode List, by Season (207)
Bibliography (209)
Index (215)

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