Myth, Media, and Culture in Star Wars: An Anthology

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Douglas Brode, Leah Deyneka
Scarecrow Press, Jun 14, 2012 - Performing Arts - 208 pages
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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. 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 have 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 Myth, Media, and Culture in Star Wars: An Anthology, Douglas Brode and Leah Deyneka have assembled an intriguing collection of essays addressing the influences that shaped the films, as well as the impact the franchise has had on popular culture. Contributors to this volume discuss the Star Wars universe and what its connection to various cultural touchstones—from fairy tales and Joseph Campbell to Disneyland and Marvel comics—mean to viewers.

Essays examine the films in the franchise as well as incarnations of the Star Wars universe in video games, comic books, and television programs, including the films’ influence on new generations of filmmakers. A companion volume to Sex, Politics, and Culture in Star Wars, Myth, Media, and Culture in Star Wars is a diverse collection of criticism that investigates the dynamic force that Star Wars has become in popular culture, from every imaginable angle.
 

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Contents

Star Wars and the Western Film
1
Chapter 2 Is Star Wars a Modernized Fairy Tale?
13
George Lucas and Walt Disney
21
Archetypes Mythic Elements and Aspects of Joseph Campbells Heroic Monomyth in the Original Star Wars Trilogy
31
New Variations on Old Themes and Questioning Star Wars Revival of Heroic Archetypes
47
George Lucass Star Wars Turns to Tragic Drama
65
The Visual Style of George Lucas
83
How Media Created by Star Wars Now Defines the Franchise
101
Star Wars Portrayal and Inspirations on the Small Screen
127
The History of the Expanded Worlds Canon Conflicts and Simplified Morality of Star Wars Video Games
141
Chapter 12 Quentin Tarantinos Star Wars? Digital Cinema Media Convergence and Participatory Culture
153
Chapter 13 Star Wars and the Technophobic Imagination
169
Index
185
About the Editors
189
About the Contributors
191
Copyright

The Mythic Comic Book Hero in Marvel Comics Star Wars
113

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About the author (2012)

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.

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