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.
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Coming for all the bullies and killing them with love and slayage," he wrote.
Applying Rene Girard's mimetic theory to film, scholars of film, literature, and other humanities discuss Bunuel's apocalypse now; on fiction and truth: Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing; passing "The Imitation Game:" ex machina, the ethical, and mimetic theory; femina ex machina; looking for a scapegoat and finding oneself: Kieslowski's Decalogue and mimetic theory; violence and politics in Shakespeare's Macbeth and Kurosawa's Throne of Blood; the screenic age; a sacrificial crisis not far away: Star Wars as a genuinely modern mythology; mimetic magic and anti-sacrificial slayage: a Girardian reading of Buffy the Vampire Slayer; and not the end of the world: post-apocalyptic flourishing in Cartoon Network's Adventure Time.
"That Girl: Bella, Buffy, and the Feminist Ethics of Choice in Twilight and in Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Slayage vol.
* Afro Slayage (fashion show), 6 p.m., SIU Student Center Ballroom D.
Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association, 10(1).
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.
"Buffy vs the BBC: Moral Questions and How to Avoid Them." Slayage: The Online Journal of Buffy Studies 2.4 (2003): n.
She is co-author with Stacey Abbott of TV Horror: Investigating The Dark Side of the Small Screen, author of Sex and the Slayer: A Gender Studies Primer for the Buffy Fan, and is on the editorial board of Slayage: the Journal of the Whedon Studies Association and Intensities: the journal of cult media.
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.