As some of you may have seen, Sheffield Gothic has launched a “Buffy Slays 20” blog series for August/September 2017, which features blog posts from guest contributors from a range of academic backgrounds. There will be two posts from yours truly, and the first of these has just been released today! You can check it out here: sheffieldgothicreadinggroup.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/the-woman-in-white-heroinism-victimhood.html
In this blog, I discuss how Buffy as a character responds to and reshapes the ‘heroine’ tropes which were initially developed in early Gothic literature and which have come to define significant Gothic engagements. In particular, I focus on the Season One finale and explore how the show consciously uses the signifiers of heroine identity (and victimhood), and then progresses beyond them in order to highlight Buffy’s placement within larger generic negotiations.