Culture, Identities, and Technology in the Star Wars Films: Essays on the Two Trilogies (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy Series #3)
  • Culture, Identities, and Technology in the Star Wars Films: Essays on the Two Trilogies (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy Series #3)
  • Culture, Identities, and Technology in the Star Wars Films: Essays on the Two Trilogies (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy Series #3)

Culture, Identities, and Technology in the Star Wars Films: Essays on the Two Trilogies (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy Series #3)

by Carl Silvio, Tony M. Vinci
     
 

Released in May 1977, the original Star Wars movie inaugurated the age of the movie blockbuster. It also redefined the use of cinematic special effects, creating a new textual universe that now stretches through three decades, two trilogies and generations of fascinated viewers. The body of critical analysis that has developed from this epic focuses primarily on

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Released in May 1977, the original Star Wars movie inaugurated the age of the movie blockbuster. It also redefined the use of cinematic special effects, creating a new textual universe that now stretches through three decades, two trilogies and generations of fascinated viewers. The body of critical analysis that has developed from this epic focuses primarily on the Star Wars universe as a contemporary myth. However, like any fiction, it must also be viewed—and consequently analyzed—as a product of the culture which created it.

The essays in this book analyze the Star Wars trilogies as a culturally and historically specific phenomenon. Moving away from the traditional myth-based criticism of the films, the essayists employ a cultural studies model to examine how this phenomenon intersects with social formations such as economics, technology, race and gender. Critical approaches are varied and include political and economic analysis informed by feminism, contemporary race theory, Marxism, new media studies and post-humanism. Among the topics covered are the connections between the trilogies and our own cultural landscape; the problematic issues of race and gender; and the thematic implications of Lucas' presentation of technology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786429103
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/10/2007
Series:
Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy, #3
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
243
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Moving Away from Myth: Star Wars as Cultural Artifact   Carl Silvio   Tony M. Vinci     1
Cultural Contexts
The Fall of the Rebellion; or, Defiant and Obedient Heroes in a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Individualism and Intertextuality in the Star Wars Trilogies   Tony M. Vinci     11
Apocalyptic Determinism and Star Wars   John Lyden     34
The Star Wars Trilogies and Global Capitalism   Carl Silvio     53
Identity Politics
May the Force (Not) Be with You: "Race Critical" Readings and the Star Wars Universe   Christopher Deis     11
Feminism and the Force: Empowerment and Disillusionment in a Galaxy Far, Far Away   Diana Dominguez     109
Seduced by the Dark Side of the Force: Gender, Sexuality, and Moral Agency in George Lucas's Star Wars Universe   Veronica A. Wilson     134
Technology and the Public Imagination
Kill Binks: Why the World Hated Its First Digital Actor   Dan North     155
"Your Father's Lightsaber": The Fetishization of Objects Between the Trilogies   Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.     175
The Emperor's New Clones; or, Digitization and Walter Benjamin in the Star Wars Universe   Graham Lyons   Janice Morris     189
Contributors     215
Works Cited     219
Index     231

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