"Wars Not Make One Great": Redeeming the Star Wars Mythos from Redemptive Violence Without Amusing Ourselves to Death (Essay)


  • Author: Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
  • Release Date : 2010-03-22
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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"You May Fire When Ready" [Grand Moff Tarkin, ANH]: A Violent Mythos [1] All human artefacts are culturally and contextually produced. Mythologies, for instance, express, through their judicious symbolic depiction of "archetypal" forms of living, the cultural (Latin, cultura) conditions that mark their location or setting. However, they also possess a certain transcendental quality which enables them to recultivate or transfigure, either subtly or radically, perspectives of their cultural instantiation by offering imaginative alternatives which themselves can become effective through their ritualistic telling and retelling. What these claims do is argue that mythological stories can provide powerful unconscious forces for the motivation and justif...

Representations of Masculinity in Literature and Film

Representations of Masculinity in Literature and Film


  • Author : Sara Martín
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-09-11
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781527559301


Representations of Masculinity in Literature and Film Book Description :

How are men represented on the printed page, the stage and the screen? What do these representations say about masculinity in the past, the present, and the future? The twelve essays in this volume explore the different ways in which men and masculinity have been represented, from the plays of William Shakespeare to the science fiction of Richard K. Morgan, passing through classic fiction by Emily Brontë and Charles Dickens, and popular favourites by Terry Pratchett and Isaac Asimov, without forgetting the Star Wars saga. Collectively, these essays argue that, although much has been written about men, it has been done from a perspective that does not see masculinity as a specific feature in need of critical appraisal. Men need to be made aware of ho...

The Hero with a Thousand Faces
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The Hero with a Thousand Faces


  • Author : Joseph Campbell
  • Publisher : Bollingen Foundation
  • Release Date : 2004-01-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0691119244


The Hero with a Thousand Faces Book Description :

Examines myths and folk tales from around the world in an attempt to understand the symbolism of the hero as it appears in the mythologies and religions of mankind....

Culture  Identities and Technology in the Star Wars Films

Culture Identities and Technology in the Star Wars Films


  • Author : Carl Silvio
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2014-11-26
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476611068


Culture Identities and Technology in the Star Wars Films Book Description :

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 mode...

Usable Pasts

Usable Pasts


  • Author : Tad Tuleja
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1997-06
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : IND:30000055589109


Usable Pasts Book Description :

In Usable Pasts, fourteen authors examine the manipulation of traditional expressions among a variety of groups from the United States and Canada: the development of a pictorial style by Navajo weavers in response to traders, Mexican American responses to the appropriation of traditional foods by Anglos, the expressive forms of communication that engender and sustain a sense of community in an African American women's social club and among elderly Yiddish folksingers in Miami Beach, the incorporation of mass media images into the "C&Ts" (customs and traditions) of a Boy Scout troop, the changing meaning of their defining Exodus-like migration to Mormons, Newfoundlanders' appropriation through the rum-drinking ritual called the Schreech-In of outsider...

Cemetery of the Murdered Daughters

Cemetery of the Murdered Daughters


  • Author : Sara Lennox
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015066749345


Cemetery of the Murdered Daughters Book Description :

Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann is widely regarded as one of the most important 20th century authors writing in German. This book examines her poetry and prose in historical context, arguing that the feminist interpretations of her writings are the result of shifts in theoretical emphases over a period of three decades....

The Journey of Luke Skywalker
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The Journey of Luke Skywalker


  • Author : Steven A. Galipeau
  • Publisher : Open Court
  • Release Date : 2015-12-14
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812699432


The Journey of Luke Skywalker Book Description :

Using C. G. Jung's approach to dreams and myths, Jungian analyst Steven Galipeau reveals to readers the wealth of symbolism and meaning embedded in George Lucas's modern fairytale. From the battle between light femininity and dark masculinity to the conflict between nature and technology, Galipeau explains why the characters and themes in the movies resonate so deeply with us. Appealing to Star Wars fans as well as those interested in popular culture, contemporary myths, and archetypes, The Journey of Luke Skywalker will bring new insight to the most popular film series of the last two decades. "Behind the space dogfights and light-saber duels is a mythology that touches a chord in the human psyche . . . this title will be the basis of many internet ...

The Theatrical Spectaculum

The Theatrical Spectaculum


  • Author : Tova Gamliel
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2019-12-11
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030281281


The Theatrical Spectaculum Book Description :

This book offers a new mythic perspective on the secret of the allure and survival of a current-archaic institution—the Western theatre—in an era of diverse technological media. Central to the theory is the spectaculum—a stage “world” that mirrors a monotheistic cosmic order. Tova Gamliel here not only alerts the reader to the possibility of the spectaculum’s existence, but also illuminates its various structural dimensions: the cosmological, ritual, and sociological. Its cosmo-logical meaning is a Judeo-Christian monotheistic consciousness of non-randomness, an exemplary order of the world that the senses perceive. The ritual meaning denotes the centrality of the spectaculum, as the theatre repeatedly reenacts the mythical and paradigmat...

50 Great Myths About Atheism

50 Great Myths About Atheism


  • Author :
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2013-10-28
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780470674055


50 Great Myths About Atheism Book Description :

Tackling a host of myths and prejudices commonly leveled at atheism, this captivating volume bursts with sparkling, eloquent arguments on every page. The authors rebut claims that range from atheism being just another religion to the alleged atrocities committed in its name. An accessible yet scholarly commentary on hot-button issues in the debate over religious belief Teaches critical thinking skills through detailed, rational argument Objectively considers each myth on its merits Includes a history of atheism and its advocates, an appendix detailing atheist organizations, and an extensive bibliography Explains the differences between atheism and related concepts such as agnosticism and naturalism...

Keywords in Subversive Film   Media Aesthetics

Keywords in Subversive Film Media Aesthetics


  • Author : Robert Stam
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2015-09-15
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781118288931


Keywords in Subversive Film Media Aesthetics Book Description :

Keywords offers a conversational journey through the overlying terrains of politically engaged art and artistically engaged politics, combining a major statement on subversive aesthetics, a survey of radical film strategies, and a lexicon of over a thousand terms and concepts. No other book combines an ambitious essay on radical politics and aesthetics in film with a lexicon of terms and ideas, many of which are new and innovative Creates and illustrates over a thousand terms and concept, drawing its examples from a wide range of media Provides a broad timespan, covering the very ancient (Ramayana, Aristotle) to the most current (digital mashups, memes) Uniquely discusses the areas of film, television and the internet within one book No other book co...

Thinking Literature across Continents

Thinking Literature across Continents


  • Author : Ranjan Ghosh
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-11-11
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
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  • ISBN 10 : 9780822373698


Thinking Literature across Continents Book Description :

Thinking Literature across Continents finds Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller—two thinkers from different continents, cultures, training, and critical perspectives—debating and reflecting upon what literature is and why it matters. Ghosh and Miller do not attempt to formulate a joint theory of literature; rather, they allow their different backgrounds and lively disagreements to stimulate generative dialogue on poetry, world literature, pedagogy, and the ethics of literature. Addressing a varied literary context ranging from Victorian literature, Chinese literary criticism and philosophy, and continental philosophy to Sanskrit poetics and modern European literature, Ghosh offers a transnational theory of literature while Miller emphasizes the nee...