Star Wars: A Special Collection of Scholarly Writing

 

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We don’t need to tell you that the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will be released on December 18th. 

To celebrate, we’ve put together a special collection of scholarly writing on the Star Wars Universe. No risk of selling out, and available immediately.

Happy reading, and may the force be with you.


Ready are you? What know you of ready?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens review – ‘a spectacular homecoming’
TheGuardian.com

Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, & “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Cast Sing “Star Wars” A Cappella Melley
The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon YouTube Channel


 Read our special collection of scholarly writing, free through January 31st.

“Where Socrates and his philosophical friends struggle to find an all-encompassing definition of justice, Thrasymachus cuts through their debate by asserting forcefully that “the just is nothing else than the advantage of the stronger.” This is precisely the worldview of the Sith, for whom talk of right without might is a childish fairytale and the wise man who thinks he can somehow transcend the vagaries of power is a fool.”

Chapter 1: The Platonic Paradox of Darth Plagueis: How Could a Sith Lord Be Wise?
The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy: You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned
(Newly published – get yours today!)


“Senator Palpatine who rises from Senator to Supreme Commander of the Empire, and who we later learn is the mysterious Darth Sidious, can be read as a figure representing the different faces of the Bush-Cheney-Rove Gang, ruthlessly accruing power, undermining democracy, and carrying out secretive political conspiracies and military adventures.”

Chapter 4: Hollywood Political Critiques of the Bush-Cheney Regime: From Thrillers to Fantasy and Satire
Cinema Wars: Hollywood Film and Politics in the Bush-Cheney Era


“We might read in Luke’s process of maturation an allegory of the United States growing up as a nation.”

Star Wars, Star Wars, and American Political Culture
The Journal of Popular Culture


“Despite their generality, both of Lucas’ movies convey the mood of particular moment of American life. American Graffiti represents the short-lived innocence of the Kennedy years, while Star Wars expresses the anxieties of the Nixon years.”

From American Graffiti to Star Wars
The Journal of Popular Culture


“…Anakin abandons his free will and autonomy during crucial moments, leading to his transformation into Darth Vader in Episodes II and III. …the theme about convenient loss of autonomy creates an effective shield that can deflect responsibility for crimes and murders away from Anakin.”

Darth Vader Made Me Do It! Anakin Skywalker’s Avoidance of Responsibility and the Gray Areas of Hegemonic Masculinity in the Star Wars Universe
Communication, Culture & Critique


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The Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Film Directors Series


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