Lindsey and Angel: reflecting masculinity

Lorna Jowett, Mary Alice Money (Editor), PopMatters Media (Editor)

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Wolfram & Hart lawyer, Lindsey McDonald is the only character who appears in the first and last episodes of Angel apart from its title character, and his long-term development makes him an interesting parallel to Angel, as this paper explores. While vampires like Angel and Spike are sired, Lindsey is self-made and his character is reinvented more than once. While Lindsey is introduced as a professional, the focus soon shifts to his body and the physical, something that allows his character to more effectively shadow, or reflect, Angel. Throughout, the ongoing homoeroticism of this antagonistic relationship is matched with superficial heterosexuality and this adds further complexity to their respective versions of masculinity. Lindsey and Angel constantly function as reflections of each other, and of the ways masculinity, as well as characters, are reinvented by the show
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJoss Whedon: the Complete Companion
Subtitle of host publicationthe TV Series, the Movies, the Comic Books and More
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTitan Books
Number of pages485
ISBN (Print)9780857689863
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012


  • Joss Whedon
  • Angel
  • television
  • masculinity


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