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Battle of the Blockbusters: Joss Whedon as Public Pedagogue

Jarvis, Christine (2016) Battle of the Blockbusters: Joss Whedon as Public Pedagogue. Slayage: the online international journal of Buffy studies, 14.1 (43). pp. 1-24. ISSN 1546-9212

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Abstract

This article discusses the concept of public pedagogy and the reasons for considering it relevant to the work of the writer/ director/ producer Joss Whedon, creator of numberous TV programmes, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly, and Films Serenity, Marvel's The Avengers and The Age of Ultron. It analyzes Marvel’s The Avengers (Whedon, 2012) and Christopher Nolan’s (2012b) The Dark Knight Rises as competing public pedagogies.It suggests that popular films can be seen as important educational projects; filmmakers have tremendous resources at their disposal and their creations have a global reach that cannot be matched by individual teachers or national education systems. Whedon can be seen as a radical educator; he enables his audiences to experience ways of looking at the world that challenge aspects of neo-liberal hegemony, and also encourages them to become critical thinkers who have to reflect on their own feelings and perspectives and resist simplistic perspectives on morality and the difficult political choices facing global society.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public Pedagogy; Adult Education; Joss Whedon, Popular Culture; Christopher Nolan; Marvel's The Avengers
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Teaching, Public Pedagogies and Professionalism Research Group
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Depositing User: Christine Jarvis
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2016 16:13
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2016 16:20
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/27392

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