Joss Whedon's Dollhouse: Confounding Purpose, Confusing Identity by Sherry GinnJoss Whedon's Dollhouse: Confounding Purpose, Confusing Identity by Sherry Ginn

Joss Whedon's Dollhouse: Confounding Purpose, Confusing Identity

EditorSherry Ginn, Alyson R. Buckman, Heather M. Porter

Hardcover | May 8, 2014

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Although it lasted barely more than a season, Dollhouse continues to intrigue viewers as one of Joss Whedon's most provocative forays into television. The program centered on men and women who have their memories and personalities repeatedly wiped and replaced with new ones by a shadowy corporation dedicated to "fulfilling the whims of the rich." This chilling scenario was used to tell stories about big issues-power and resistance, freedom and servitude, class and gender-while always returning to its central themes of identity and individuality.In Joss Whedon's Dollhouse: Confounding Purpose, Confusing Identity, Sherry Ginn, Alyson R. Buckman, and Heather M. Porter bring together fourteen diverse essays that showcase the series' complex vision of the future. Contributors probe deeply into the fictional universe of the show by considering the motives of the wealthy clients and asking what love means when personalities are continually remade. Other essays consider the show's relations to politics, philosophy, and psychology and its representations of race and gender. Several essays explore the show's complex relationship to transhumanism: considering the dark potential for dehumanization and abuse that lurks beneath the promise of turning bodies into temporary vessels for immortal, downloadable personalities.Though a short-lived series, Dollhouse has been hailed as one of television's most thoughtful explorations of classic science fiction themes. As the first serious treatment of this landmark show, this collection will interest science-fiction scholars and Whedon fans alike.
Sherry Ginn teaches at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. She is the author of Our Space, Our Place: Women in the Worlds of Science Fiction Television (2005), Power and Control in the Television Worlds of Joss Whedon (2012), and The Sex Is out of This World: The Carnal Side of Science Fiction (2012). Alyson R. Buckman teaches America...
Title:Joss Whedon's Dollhouse: Confounding Purpose, Confusing IdentityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:254 pages, 9.21 × 6.37 × 0.9 inPublished:May 8, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Fantasy Is His Business, But It Is Not His Purpose: An Introduction to Joss Whedon and His StorytellingAlyson R. BuckmanPart 1. Self and IdentityChapter 1: "I've Watched You Build Yourself From Scratch": The Assemblage of EchoMichael StarrChapter 2: "We Are Not Just Human Anymore"-Accepting the Posthuman FutureMeg Saint Clair PearsonChapter 3: Anamnesis, Hypomnesis, and the Failure of the Posthuman in Whedon's DollhouseMargo CollinsPart 2. EthicsChapter 4: 'What about the laws?'-Regulation and the Celebration of ResistanceTom Garbett Chapter 5: Somebody's Asian on TV: Sierra/Priya and the Politics of RepresentationAnanya Mukherjea Chapter 6: "In my house and therefore in my care": Transgressive Mothering, Abuse, and EmbodimentSamira NadkarniChapter 7: "I possess the means to satisfy my vagaries:" What Motivates the Dollhouse Clients?Heather M. Porter and Sherry GinnPart 3. Structure and FormChapter 8: "Who Did They Make Me This Time?": Viewing Pleasure and HorrorBronwen CalvertChapter 9: "I love him . . . Is that real?" Interrogating Romance Through Victor and SierraLorna JowettChapter 10: The Theatre of the Self: Repetitious and Reflective Practices of Person and Place Joel HawkesChapter 11: "We're Lost. We are not Gone": Critical Dystopia and the Politics of Radical HopeDerrick KingChapter 12: Welcome to the Dollhouse: Reading Its Opening Title Sequences David KociembaChapter 13: Ritual, Rebirth, and the Rising Tide: Water and the Transcendent SelfIan G. KleinSeries Episode ListAbout the ContributorsIndex