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The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films



George Lucas’s first Star Wars trilogy shows the influences of its era; Cold War tension is evident in its theme of rebellion against totalitarianism. Recent entries in the Star Wars saga—The Phantom Menace (1999) and Attack of the Clones (2002)—are much more concerned with evil corporations, terrorists, and the corruption of the political process. Each film is influenced by the times in which it was released, but also by cultural subtexts and by other films that had direct and indirect…


The Empire Triumphant

Pub Date : 2005-09-27 | Author : Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. | Publisher : McFarland

ISBN 10 : 9781476611716
ISBN 13 : 1476611718

George Lucas’s first Star Wars trilogy shows the influences of its era; Cold War tension is evident in its theme of rebellion against totalitarianism. Recent entries in the Star ..



Understanding Religion And Popular Culture

Pub Date : 2012 | Author : Terry Ray Clark | Publisher : Routledge

ISBN 10 : 9780415781046
ISBN 13 : 0415781043

An introductory textbook which provides students with a variety of approaches for analysing religion and popular culture, covering areas such as food, violence, music, television a..


Sex Politics And Religion In Star Wars

Pub Date : 2012-07-02 | Author : Douglas Brode | Publisher : Scarecrow Press

ISBN 10 : 9780810885158
ISBN 13 : 0810885158

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 fo..


Ambiguity In Star Wars And Harry Potter

Pub Date : 2014-03 | Author : Christina Flotmann | Publisher : transcript Verlag

ISBN 10 : 9783839421482
ISBN 13 : 3839421489

The study combines theories of myth, popular culture, structuralism and poststructuralism to explain the enormous appeal of »Star Wars« and »Harry Potter«. Although much resear..


The Galaxy Is Rated G

Pub Date : 2011-07-22 | Author : R.C. Neighbors | Publisher : McFarland

ISBN 10 : 9780786488018
ISBN 13 : 0786488018

Through spaceships, aliens, ray guns and other familiar trappings, science fiction uses the future (and sometimes the past) to comment on current social, cultural and political ide..


Post 9 11 Horror In American Cinema

Pub Date : 2012-03-22 | Author : Kevin J. Wetmore | Publisher : A&C Black

ISBN 10 : 9781441197979
ISBN 13 : 1441197974

Examines how horror cinema has changed as a result of 9/11 and, conversely, how horror films construct and give meaning to 9/11...


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