Buffy Scholar/Critic | Member, Slayage Editorial Board

Sue Turnbull is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Her Ph.D thesis involved an ethnographic study of the role of the media in the lives of young women, and since completing it she has continued to publish in the area of media audience research. She is co-author with Kate Bowles of Tomorrow Never Knows: Soap on Australian Television (1994). Her most recent published research has been in the area of crime fiction and its readers and Australian screen comedy. In partnership with Vyv Stranieri, youth programs officer at The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, she has just published a study guide for teachers entitled Bite Me. Narrative Structures and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2003). She won The Mr. Pointy Paper Award at the 2004 Slayage Conference.


Turnbull, Sue. "Tabula Rasa or Mystic Writing Pad?: Tracing Identity in Buffy the 
Vampire Slayer
." Sonic Synergies, Creative Cultures, Adelaide, Australia, July 2003.

___. "Moments of Inspiration: Performing Spike." Staking a Claim. Adelaide, Australia, July 2003.

___. "Teaching Buffy: The Curriculum and the Text in Media Studies." Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 17.1(2003): 19-31.

___. "'Who Am I? Who Are You?' On the Narrative Imperative of Not Knowing Who You Are in Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Metro No. 137: 66-75.

___ and Vyvyan Stranieri. Bite Me: Narrative Structures + Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Melbourne: Australian Center for the Moving Image, 2003.