Culture, Identities, and Technology in the Star Wars Films: Essays on the Two Trilogies

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Carl Silvio, Tony M. Vinci
McFarland & Company, 1 gen 2007 - 237 pagine
Released in May 1977, the original Star Wars movie inaugurated the age of the movie blockbuster. It also redefined the use of cinematic special effects, creating a new textual universe that now stretches through three decades, two trilogies and generations of fascinated viewers. The body of critical analysis that has developed from this epic focuses primarily on the Star Wars universe as a contemporary myth. However, like any fiction, it must also be viewed--and consequently analyzed--as a product of the culture which created it.
The essays in this book analyze the Star Wars trilogies as a culturally and historically specific phenomenon. Moving away from the traditional myth-based criticism of the films, the essayists employ a cultural studies model to examine how this phenomenon intersects with social formations such as economics, technology, race and gender. Critical approaches are varied and include political and economic analysis informed by feminism, contemporary race theory, Marxism, new media studies and post-humanism. Among the topics covered are the connections between the trilogies and our own cultural landscape; the problematic issues of race and gender; and the thematic implications of Lucas' presentation of technology.

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Introduction
1
The Fall of the Rebellion or Defiant and Obedient Heroes
11
Apocalyptic Determinism and Star Wars
34
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Informazioni sull'autore (2007)

Carl Silvio is an assistant professor of English at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. He lives in Rochester. Tony M. Vinci is currently working toward his PhD in English and Cultural Studies at Southern Illinois University. He is co-editor of Culture, Identities, and Technology in the Star Wars Films: Essays on the Two Trilogies (2006) and has published essays in The Journal of Popular Culture and Science Fiction Film and Television. His current projects interrogate the relationship between trauma and posthuman ethics in post-WWII literature and culture. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. C.W. Sullivan III is Distinguished Professor of arts and sciences at East Carolina University and a full member of the Welsh Academy. He is the author of numerous books and the on-line journal Celtic Cultural Studies.

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