A Galaxy Here and Now: Historical and Cultural Readings of Star Wars

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Peter W. Lee
McFarland, Feb 5, 2016 - Performing Arts - 256 pages
Star Wars begins with its famous title sequence, setting the story in the ancient past of a remote galaxy. Yet the phenomenal success of the film, the franchise, and its “expanded universe” is based upon its reflection of historical and cultural milieus here on modern-day Earth. This collection of new essays examine various ways in which George Lucas’s saga touches upon contemporary social and political issues. Topics include the impact of the film’s score on musical genres, feminism and NASA, the epic mimicry of Western-African and Bedouin cultural motifs, gender identity construction, Cold War narratives in radio and national mythology, and fan interpretations of authorship and authenticity.
 

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Contents

Galactic Graffiti
1
Manifestations and Transformations of Music from Far Far Away Tom Zlabinger
7
Reworking the American Space Programs Public Image from Miss NASA to Princess Leia Karin Hilck
33
Damsels in Distress Need Not Apply Mara Wood
62
George Lucass ReImagined and Redefined Masculine Identities Erin C Callahan
84
Is the Force a Form of WesternAfrican Epic Mimicry? Gregory E Rutledge
106
The Bedouin Ideal and the True Children of Tatooine Paul Charbel
138
Reaffirming an American Empire of Dreams Peter W Lee
162
Star Wars Public Radio and Middlebrow Cold War Culture Jessica K Brandt
189
FanCreator Relationships Restoration and Appropriation Michael Fuchs and Michael Phillips
208
About the Contributors
239
Index
241
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Peter W. Lee has written many articles on film and comic books. He lives in Simi Valley, California.

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