Historian wins Whedon Studies Association prize for best book of 2015

26 July 2016

Dr Michael Goodrum, Senior Lecturer in Modern History, has been announced as the winner of the Whedon Studies Association prize for best book of 2015.

This international award, also known as the ‘Mr Pointy Awards’, is given to publications of excellent scholarship based on any aspect of the various works of Joss Whedon, his associates, audiences or actors in a Whedon series or film.

Joss Whedon is the creator of cult TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, he co-wrote Pixar’s Toy Story, as well as co-writing and producing the horror film The Cabin in the Woods.

Firefly Revisited, co-edited by Dr Goodrum with Philip Smith (College of the Bahamas), looks in detail at a range of topics related to the short-lived television series, Firefly (2002-3), and the related film and comic-books, all of which were overseen by writer and director, Joss Whedon. 

Dr Goodrum, who teaches modules on modern American history in the School of Humanities, was drawn to this series due to it being embedded in historical resonances of the American Civil War and westward expansion, with all of its related historical controversies. 

Notes to editors

  • Michael Goodrum & Philip Smith (eds), Firefly Revisited: Essays on Joss Whedon’s Classic Series (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

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