Acknowledgments Introduction: Fantasy Is His Business, But It Is Not His Purpose: An Introduction to Joss Whedon and His Storytelling Alyson R. Buckman Part 1. Self and Identity Chapter 1: "I've Watched You Build Yourself From Scratch": The Assemblage of Echo Michael Starr Chapter 2: "We Are Not Just Human Anymore"-Accepting the Posthuman Future Meg Saint Clair Pearson Chapter 3: Anamnesis, Hypomnesis, and the Failure of the Posthuman in Whedon's Dollhouse Margo Collins Part 2. Ethics Chapter 4: `What about the laws?'-Regulation and the Celebration of Resistance Tom Garbett Chapter 5: Somebody's Asian on TV: Sierra/Priya and the Politics of Representation Ananya Mukherjea Chapter 6: "In my house and therefore in my care": Transgressive Mothering, Abuse, and Embodiment Samira Nadkarni Chapter 7: "I possess the means to satisfy my vagaries:" What Motivates the Dollhouse Clients? Heather M. Porter and Sherry Ginn Part 3. Structure and Form Chapter 8: "Who Did They Make Me This Time?": Viewing Pleasure and Horror Bronwen Calvert Chapter 9: "I love him . . . Is that real?" Interrogating Romance Through Victor and Sierra Lorna Jowett Chapter 10: The Theatre of the Self: Repetitious and Reflective Practices of Person and Place Joel Hawkes Chapter 11: "We're Lost. We are not Gone": Critical Dystopia and the Politics of Radical Hope Derrick King Chapter 12: Welcome to the Dollhouse: Reading Its Opening Title Sequences David Kociemba Chapter 13: Ritual, Rebirth, and the Rising Tide: Water and the Transcendent Self Ian G. Klein Series Episode List About the Contributors Index
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 American studies, film, popular culture, and multiculturalism in the Humanities and Religious Studies Department at California State University, Sacramento. Her work has appeared in the journal Slayage as well as the anthologies Investigating Firefly and Serenity, Sexual Rhetoric in the Works of Joss Whedon, and The Joss Whedon Reader. Heather M. Porter is a line and coordinating producer in reality television. A Whedon scholar and charter member of the Whedon Studies Association, Porter has presented at all five Slayage conferences. She is currently coproducing a documentary examining the academic study of the works of Joss Whedon.