Finding the Force in the Star Wars Franchise: Fans, Merchandise, and Critics / Edition 1

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In 1977 a single film called Star Wars exploded on the consciousness of the world. Since then the franchise, created by George Lucas, has become a global entertainment corporation. The merchandise of the original trilogy was largely confined to toys and games, but those games have since become computerized, the toys more sophisticated, and Star Wars has moved into the multi-media environment of the twenty-first century in ways unimaginable in the long-ago world of 1977. Computer games and web sites, novels, animated television shows, as well as a new trilogy of films, have all placed Star Wars at the center of world popular culture.Finding the Force of the Star Wars Franchise brings together contributors who critically ana-lyze the Star Wars universe from many perspectives. Topics include war, foreign policy, gen-der roles, spirituality and religion, toy play and adult collecting, creative fandom, race, special effects, and mythology. Contributors: Jonathan L. Bowen , Lincoln Geraghty , Jess C. Horsley , Bruce Isaacs , Roger Kaufman, Michelle J. Kinnucan , Mark McDermott , Stephen P. McVeigh , John Panton, Jennifer E. Porter , Andrew Plemmons Pratt Philip L. Simpson, Rachel Wagner, Stephanie J. Wilhelm.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820463339
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Popular Culture and Everyday Life Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Guide : Star wars film references
1 Introduction : spectacle, merchandise, and influence 1
2 Joseph Campbell, George Lucas, and the monomyth 21
3 The galactic way of warfare 35
4 Pedagogy of (the) force : the myth of redemptive violence 59
5 "Hokey religions and ancient weapons" : the force of spirituality 75
6 "I am a Jedi" : Star wars fandom, religious belief, and the 2001 census 95
7 Thawing the ice princess 115
8 How the Star wars saga evokes the creative promise of homosexual love : a gay-centered psychological perspective 131
9 Eugenics, racism, and the Jedi gene pool 159
10 Imperial plastic, republican fiber : speculating on the post-colonial other 175
11 Growing up in a galaxy far, far away 187
12 Two generations of boys and their Star wars toys 191
13 Aging toys and players : fan identity and cultural capital 209
14 Blowing stardust in our eyes : digital film theory and identification with imaginary cameras 227
15 The menace of the fans to the franchise 243
16 A survey of popular and scholarly receptions of the Star wars franchise 265
17 Conclusion : finding myth in the history of your own time 283
App Star wars filmography 291
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

    Strong in this book, the Force is, yes!

    I have been a Star Wars fan from the beginning-action figures, movies, light sabers! After I learned that George Lucas was inspired by classical mythology, I began to watch Star Wars in a new way. When I came across this book, I was intrigued by the title-it promised to be something unique and different from the everyday book about Star Wars. I never imagined how many themes weaved their way through the Star Wars universe. This book is at the same time entertaining, intellectually challenging and provocvative. It takes Lucas' work to a different level, one that transcends simple story telling. It is an important reflection of diverse currents in our culture.....

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