Title

All too Human: Xander Harris and the Embodiment of the Fully Human

Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

5-2015

Conference Name

International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry

Conference Location

Urbana, IL

Abstract

We examine the evolution of Xander Harris over the duration of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and how his character's depiction of masculinity itself is an interrogation of the rhetorics and discourses of masculinity. As one of the Scoobies, Xander is a male character who struggles with being a man in a world where being the man is not an option. Xander presents us with a depiction of masculinity that must manage how cultural conceptions of masculinity and femininity are linked to discourses of power and individuality.

Disciplines

Communication

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