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Finding the force of the Star wars franchise : fans, merchandise, & critics

Author: Matthew Kapell; John Shelton Lawrence
Publisher: New York : P. Lang, 2006.
Series: Popular culture & everyday life, v. 14.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1977 a single film called Star Wars exploded on the consciousness of the world. Since then the franchise, created by George Lucas, has become a global entertainment corporation. The merchandise of the original trilogy was largely confined to toys and games, but those games have since become computerized, the toys more sophisticated, and Star Wars has moved into the multi-media environment of the twenty-first  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Finding the force of the Star wars franchise.
New York : P. Lang, 2006
(OCoLC)655123802
Named Person: George Lucas
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Kapell; John Shelton Lawrence
ISBN: 0820463337 9780820463339 0820488089 9780820488080
OCLC Number: 67240604
Description: ix, 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Guide : Star wars film references --
1. Introduction : spectacle, merchandise, and influence / John Shelton Lawrence --
2. Joseph Campbell, George Lucas, and the monomyth / John Shelton Lawrence --
3. The galactic way of warfare / Stephen P. McVeigh --
4. Pedagogy of (the) force : the myth of redemptive violence / Michelle J. Kinnucan --
5. "Hokey religions and ancient weapons" : the force of spirituality / Jonathan L. Bowen and Rachel Wagner --
6. "I am a Jedi" : Star wars fandom, religious belief, and the 2001 census / Jennifer E. Porter --
7. Thawing the ice princess / Philip L. Simpson --
8. How the Star wars saga evokes the creative promise of homosexual love : a gay-centered psychological perspective / Roger Kaufman.
Series Title: Popular culture & everyday life, v. 14.
Responsibility: edited by Matthew Wilhelm Kapell & John Shelton Lawrence.
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"In 1977 a single film called Star Wars exploded on the consciousness of the world. Since then the franchise, created by George Lucas, has become a global entertainment corporation. The merchandise of the original trilogy was largely confined to toys and games, but those games have since become computerized, the toys more sophisticated, and Star Wars has moved into the multi-media environment of the twenty-first century in ways unimaginable in the long-ago world of 1977. Computer games and web sites, novels, animated television shows, as well as a new trilogy of films, have all placed Star Wars at the center of world popular culture. Finding the Force of the Star Wars Franchise brings together contributors who critically analyze the Star Wars universe from many perspectives. Topics include war, foreign policy, gender roles, spirituality and religion, toy play and adult collecting, creative fandom, race, special effects, and mythology."--Publisher's website.

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