2015 - 18th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Helen O'Brien, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Library 1st floor

Abstract

Despite Buffy the Vampire Slayer's supernatural setting, Willow and Tara’s relationship (Tillow) is illustrated as natural through the binding and unbinding of magic and love. In creating two incredibly likeable and identity-fluid characters, Joss Whedon facilitates queer acceptance within a young audience that continues to grow despite the end of the show. Applying queer and romantic theory, as well as documenting what scholars and fans have to say, I argue that Tillow makes a significant impact on the audience through an exploration of the connection between murder and queerness, sexual identities, and other senses of self.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-7-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

4-7-2015 3:45 PM

Panel

Media(ted) Representations of Gender and Identity

Panel Moderator

Katherine Balsley

Field of Study for Presentation

Cinema Studies, Women's and Gender Studies

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Apr 7th, 2:30 PM Apr 7th, 3:45 PM

The Slayer, the Witch, and the Coffin: Willow and Tara in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Library 1st floor

Despite Buffy the Vampire Slayer's supernatural setting, Willow and Tara’s relationship (Tillow) is illustrated as natural through the binding and unbinding of magic and love. In creating two incredibly likeable and identity-fluid characters, Joss Whedon facilitates queer acceptance within a young audience that continues to grow despite the end of the show. Applying queer and romantic theory, as well as documenting what scholars and fans have to say, I argue that Tillow makes a significant impact on the audience through an exploration of the connection between murder and queerness, sexual identities, and other senses of self.