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This work focuses on all six Star Wars films. The first topic of this multifaceted examination is how the films use the language of colonialism ("The" Rebellion, "The" Empire) to emphasize the idea of imperialism. Next the author looks at how Asian influences-including religious undertones from Taoism and Buddhism and the works of Kurosawa and other Asian filmmakers-provide a subtext for much of the action. Next the discussion turns to the representation of people of color in the Star Wars universe, and how other ethnicities are represented overall, particularly through the literalization of the word "aliens." These topics of discussion provide for penetrating conclusions about Lucas's films and how they represent race, religion, and rebellion.
Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr., is a professor in the Theater Arts department at Loyola Marymount University. He is also the author of The Athenian Sun in an African Sky (2002) and Black Dionysus (2003). He lives in Los Angeles, California.
"The first topic of this examination is how the films use the language of colonialism to emphasize the idea of imperialism. Next the author looks at how Asian influences provide a subtext for much of the action. Then turns to the representation of people of color in the Star Wars universe, and how other ethnicities are represented overall"--Provided by publisher.
|Introduction : of Fanon and Fanboys|
|Ch. 1||Frantz Fanon in a galaxy far, far away, or what is an empire without colonies?|
|Ch. 2||The power of mythmaking/may the Tao be with you : myth, religion and Star wars|
|Ch. 3||"Help me, Kurosawa Akira, you're my only hope" : Asian culture and Star wars|
|Ch. 4||"Making the galaxy safe for white people" : people of color in the Star wars universe|
|Ch. 5||"Bridge on the planet Naboo" : Asians (and others) as aliens|
|Conclusion : the empire triumphant : cultural appropriation and postcolonial discourse|