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Sex, Politics, and Religion in Star Wars: An Anthology

Sex, Politics, and Religion in Star Wars: An Anthology

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In 1977, Star Wars blazed across the screen to become one of the highest grossing and most beloved movies of all time, spawning an unprecedented merchandising phenomenon. It was followed by two sequels and three prequels, all of which became blockbusters. Comic books, novels, graphic novels, and magazines devoted to the films added to the mythology of George Lucas’s creation. Despite the impact of the franchise on popular culture, however, discussion of the films from a scholarly perspective has not kept pace with the films. In Sex, Politics, and Religion in Star Wars: An Anthology, Douglas Brode and Leah Deyneka have assembled a provocative collection of essays exploring some of the more intriguing aspects of the Star Wars phenomenon. Contributors to the volume tackle such hot topics as race and racism in the Star Wars galaxy, Judeo-Christian and Eastern religious themes, homosexual romance, and philosophical and political implications—both earthbound and otherworldly. These essays interpret the Star Wars universe from a variety of perspectives—including feminist and Freudian—offering insights from writers who bring a new passion to the subject. A companion volume to Myth, Media, and Culture in Star Wars, Sex, Politics, and Religion in Star Wars is an authoritative anthology incorporating scholarly analysis with engaging insights. It will engross readers, both fans and scholars alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810885141
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/02/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Douglas Brode teaches popular culture at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Our Lady of the Lake University (also in San Antonio). He has published more than 35 books, including Rod Sterling and The Twilight Zone (2009). Leah Deyneka holds a master’s degree in 19th-century literature from King’s College, London, and has written extensively on literature, film, media, and popular culture.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction, Douglas Brode Chapter 1: A Rocky Road to Star Wars: The Early Life and Career of George Lucas Douglas Brode Chapter 2: Star Wars in Black & White: Race and Racism in a Galaxy Not So Far Away Andrew Howe Chapter 3: Beyond Judeo-Christianity: Star Wars and the Great Eastern Religions Julien Fielding Chapter 4: May the Force Be with JEW: The Jedi-Hebraic Connection Andrew Bank Chapter 5: Star Wars: An Exhibition in Cold War Politics Nick Desloge Chapter 6: Fighting the Evil Empire: Star Wars, the Strategic Defense Initiative and the Politics of Science-Fiction Peter Krämer Chapter 7: Light Sabers, Political Arenas, and Marriages for Princess Leia and Queen Amidala Ray Merlock and Kathy Merlock Jackson Chapter 8: “The Over-Soul of the Force: Emersonian Transcendentalism in the Star Wars Saga” Anne M. Boyd Chapter 9: George Lucas and Freud’s Anal Stage Manifestations of Excretory and Vaginal Fear in THX 1138 and Star Wars Lucy Place Chapter 10: Homosexual Romance & Self-Realization in Star Wars Roger Kaufman Chapter 11: The War for Star Wars Matt Singer Chapter 12: Defining the Jedi Order: Star Wars’ Narrative and the Real World Nick Jamilla Chapter 13: The Empire Strikes Back: Deeper and Darker Andrew Gordon Index About the Contributors About the Editors

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