Buffy Scholar/Critic| Co-Editor of Slayage
David Lavery is professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. In the Fall of 2006 he will become Chair in Film and Television at Brunel University in London. He is the author of over one hundred published essays and reviews and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of twelve books published or under contract: Late for the Sky: The Mentality of the Space Age (Southern Illinois U P, 1992), Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks (Wayne State U P, 1994), ‘Deny All Knowledge’: Reading The X-Files (Syracuse U P, 1996), Fighting the Forces: What’s at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), Teleparody: Predicting/Preventing the TV Discourse of Tomorrow (Wallflower, Columbia U P, 2002), This Thing of Ours: Investigating The Sopranos (Wallflower, Columbia U P, 2002), Seinfeld, Master of Its Domain: Revisiting Television's Greatest Sitcom ( Continuum, 2006), Unlocking the Meaning of Lost: The Unauthorized Guide (Sourcebooks, 2006), Reading Deadwood: A Western to Swear By and Reading The Sopranos: Hit TV from HBO (both forthcoming in the Reading Contemporary Television Series, I. B. Tauris, 2006), Dear Angela: Remembering My So Called Life (forthcoming from Lexington Books, 2006), and Wonder Boy: The Imagination of Joss Whedon (forthcoming from I. B. Tauris/St. Martin's). He co-edits the e-journal Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies, was the organizer of a major international conference on Buffy held in Nashville in May 2004, and is one of the founding editors of the new journal Critical Studies in Television: Scholarly Studies of Small Screen Fictions. A guest on the BBC, National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Scotland, VH1, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and a source for The New York Times, The Tennessean, Stitch, The Florida Times, The Hartford Courant, A Folha de Sao Paulo, and other publications, he has lectured around the world on the subject of television: invited talks at the Myths of Creativity and Dead Bodies. Presentation and Representation symposia at the University of Heidelberg (2001, 2005), at the Blood, Text, and Fears conference at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and at the University of Cardiff, Wales; keynote addresses at the Sonic Synergies and Creative Cultures and Staking a Claim: Exploring the Global Reach of Buffy at the University of South Australia in Adelaide and at the Contemporary American Quality Television International Conference at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. To learn more about him, visit his home page at http://www.mtsu.edu/~dlavery/. His C.V (in PDF format) is available here. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. He taught a course on Buffy at MTSU in the summer of 2004 and on Joss Whedon in the Spring of 2005.
Lavery, David. "Afterword: The Genius of Joss Whedon." Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Ed. Rhonda V. Wilcox and David Lavery. Lanham, MD: Rowman Littlefield, 2002. 251-6.
___. "Apocalyptic Apocalypses: The Narrative Eschatology of Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies 9 (August 2003): http://www.slayage.tv/essays/slayage9/Lavery.htm.
___. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” 50 Key Television Programmes. Ed. Glen Creeber. London: Arnold, 2004. 31-35.
___. "'Emotional Resonance and Rocket Launchers': Joss Whedon’s Commentaries on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer DVDs." Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies 6 (2002) [http://www.slayage.tv/essays/slayage6/Lavery.htm].
___. “Fatal Environment’: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and American Culture.” Staking a Claim: Exploring the Global Reach of Buffy, Adelaide, Australia (July 2003).
___. "'I Wrote My Thesis on You': Buffy Studies as an Academic Cult." Keynote Address at the Sonic Synergies, Creative Cultures Conference, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, July 2004.
___. "'A Religion in Narrative': Joss Whedon and Television Creativity." Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies 7 (December 2002) [http://www.slayage.tv/essays/slayage7/Lavery.htm].
Wilcox, Rhonda V. and David Lavery. "Introduction." Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Lanham, MD: Rowman Littlefield, 2002. xvii-xxix.
___, eds. Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Lanham, MD: Rowman Littlefield, 2002.
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