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Reading Angel: The TV Spin-off With a Soul (Reading Contemporary Television) Paperback – September 22, 2005
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Part One, "It Was a Seminal Show Cancelled by the Idiot Networks": Narrative and Style on "Angel": (1) "'Angel': Redefinition and Justification through Faith" by Phil Colvin looks at the character of Faith as being paradigmatic of the show and the character's mission statement; (2) "'Ubi Caritas'?: Music as Narrative Agent in 'Angel'" by Matthew Mills is a cursory look at the pivotal role music played in the show; (3) "Transitions and Time: The Cinematic Language of 'Angel'" by Tammy A.Read more ›
Feminists themselves did not object to a study of men, their objection had been to our non-critical structure of society, where one sex has an inordinate power over others--because they are men. This is what feminists--including series creator Joss Whedon objected to.
It is communicated in 'She' when Angel helps Jhira successfully combat being 'unmade' by her society. Alluding to female genital mutilation, Angel is genuinely horrified to learn that women in her society forcibly undergo this practice--and so her struggle also becomes his--they do it together as partners. Angel also helps her understand that she herself cannot go around killing men in his society just for the sake of it. This too is sexist.
And because Angel's human and 'souless demon' pasts as a womanizer are frequently brought up, the addition of Lorne provides another example of alternate masculinity. Having once lived in times and cultures when 'real men' were not homosexual, Angel's ability to now become good friends with them demonstrates how his own concept of masculinity successfully evolved. It possibility could represent an allusion to how American/World concepts of masculinity are going to evolve--and not remain fixed in their current states.
Similarly, he is also friends with Charles Gunn--who morphs from 'street fighter' to lawyer, in a demonstration of class fluidity. But even as a 'street person' Gunn has information and is smart, Angel goes to him for essential resources and information. Meeting Gunn in the first season, we see that Angel does not resort to racist stereotypes when addressing Gunn.Read more ›
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The book was in excellent condition and I enjoyed it thoroughly; great companion to Why Buffy Matters. I would strongly recommend it to all Angel (&Buffy! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephanie Lekowski
This is a fine book on the background of the series. I was looking more for info on the individual episodes, but it is still a good bookPublished on February 7, 2014 by William Jergensen