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Identity Politics in George Lucas' Star Wars

McDowell, John C. (2016) Identity Politics in George Lucas' Star Wars. McFarland Press, Jefferson, NC. 208pp. ISBN 9781476662862

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Abstract

George Lucas spoke about the didactic role of cinema and about his own work being presented through the "moral megaphone" of the film industry. A considerable body of scholarship on the six-part Star Wars series argues (unconvincingly) that the franchise promoted neo-conservatism in American culture from the late 1970s onward. But there is much in Lucas' grand space opera to suggest something more ideologically complex is going on. This book challenges the view of the saga as an unambiguously violent text exemplifying reactionary politics, and discusses the films' identity politics with regard to race and gender.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): star war films, history, criticism, politics
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220209 History of Ideas
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): A - Philosophy
Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 15:44
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2016 15:44
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2023

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