Slayage

Slayage

(pop culture)

Slayage refers to an academic journal, Internet site, and community of scholars devoted to the study of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and, increasingly, to the whole body of work produced by Joss Whedon, termed the Whedonverse. Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies emerged in stages in 2001, the brainchild of two English professors, David Lavery of Middle Tennessee State University and Rhonda V. Wilcox of Gordon College (Barnesville, Georgia). As they gathered essays for a book, Fighting the Forces: What’s at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, they discovered that two additional books on Buffy were in the works and realized that their interest in the popular television show was shared by a large number of their scholarly colleagues—even more than had been manifested around other pop culture phenomena such as Star Trek or The X-Files. Using the online journal of Xena studies as a model, they created a quarterly journal for Buffy studies which continues to the present.

Further interest in studies on Buffy was manifested in an international conference held at East Anglia University in Norwich, England, in the fall of 2002, attended by scholars from more than twenty countries. Beginning in 2004, Slayage began sponsoring biannual conferences, the first of which brought some four hundred scholars to Nashville. Subsequent conferences were held at Gordon College in Georgia (2006), and Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas (2008). Plans were made for a fourth conference to be held in St. Augustine, Florida, in 2010. Late in 2008, the Whedon Studies Association was formed as a legal non-profit educational organization devoted to the study of Whedon and his associates.

Slayage ties together an interdisciplinary network of scholars united initially by their mutual appreciation of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, and which has faded only slightly by the demise of the series and its offshoot, Angel. Scholarly comment, based in academic television and movies studies and English, has reached out to include perspectives from sociology, anthropology, philosophy and religious studies. The end result has been that by 2009, over half of all the scholarly articles ever written on vampires, and a significant percentage of the scholarly books, have been devoted to the work product of Joss Whedon. In the wake of the formation of the association, the title of the journal was changed to Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association.

Slayage has also published a still growing encyclopedia of Buffy studies, and annually presents the Mr. Pointy Awards (the folksy name given the stake inherited by Buffy from her sister slayer Kendra in the series).

Sources:

Adams, Michael. Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. 308 pp.
Encyclopedia of Buffy Studies. Posted at http://slayageonline.com/EBS/.
Jowett, Lorna. Sex and the Slayer: A Gender Studies Primer for the Buffy Fan. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2005. 254 pp.
Kaveney, Roz, ed. Reading the Vampire Slayer. London: Tauris Parke Publishing, 2001. 271 pp.
Koontz, K. Dale. Faith and Choice in the Works of Joss Whedon. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2008. 231 pp.
Levine, Elana, and Lisa Parks, eds. Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007. 209 pp.
Pateman, Matthew. The Aesthetics of Culture in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Jeffersonville, NC: Mc-Farland & Company, 2006. 288 pp.
South, James, ed. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy. LaSalle, IL: Open Court, 2003. 335 pp.
Stevenson, Gregory. Televised Morality: The Case of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Lanham, MD: Hamilton Books, 2004.
Wilcox, Rhonda. Why Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. London: I. B. Tauris & Company, 2005. 246 pp.
———, and David Lavery, eds. Fighting the Forces: What’s at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002. 290 pp.
References in periodicals archive ?
He has published two books about English Renaissance commendatory verse, and his scholarship and creative works have appeared in Extrapolation, Slayage, Renaissance Papers, Marian Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, and other places.
In addition to the Whedon Study Association's online scholarly journal Slayage (3) and biennial conference, there exist numerous edited collections and monograph studies that theorize the so-called Buffyverse from a plethora of scholarly perspectives.
Audience and reception studies have become increasingly popular, see Milly Williamson, The Lure of the Vampire: Gender, Fiction and Fandom From Bram Stoker to Buffy (London: Wallflower, 2005); Viv Burr, 'Scholar/shippers and Spikeaholics: Academic and Fan Identities at the Slayage conference on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, European Journal of Cultural Studies 8/3 (2005): 375-83, and Josh Stenger, 'The Clothes Make the Fan: Fashion and Online Fandom when Buffy the Vampire Slayer Goes to Ebay', Cinema Journal 45/4 (2006), 26-44.
Over the course of the past decade, most studies dealing with the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff Angel: the Series have been published in the online journal now known as Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association or presented at its biennial conference, also called Slayage.
2001): <<Buffy, the scooby gang, and the monstrous authority: Buffy the vampire slayer and the subversion of authority>>, en Slayage, 1.
2002): <<A religion in narrative: Joss Whedon and television creativity>>, en Slayage, 2.
2001): <<There will never be a 'very special' Buffy: Buffy and the monsters of teen life>>, en Slayage, 1.
Judging by the online academic journal Slayage (www.
If you'd love to swap talk of Buffy's bill-paying woes for the days when slayage was simple, Spike was evil and the school library was the spot to find some wicked foes, you'll love Buffy the Vampire Slayer for Microsoft Xbox.
She has published many articles on television and popular culture, and is on the editorial boards of Slayage and Intensities.
18) 'Buffy Studies' was key in developing teen TV scholarship, through the online journal Slayage and edited collections on the programme include; Rhonda V.
Lanham: Rowman, 2002), Lorna Jowett's Sex and the Slayer: A Gender Studies Primer for the Buffy Fan (Middletown: Wesleyan, 2005), Elana Levine and Lisa Parks's Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Durham: Duke UP 2007), and--of course--the online journal Slayage, edited by Lavery and Wilcox.