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Culture, Identities and Technology in the “Star Wars” Films

 

Culture, Identities and Technology in the Star Wars FilmsCulture, Identities and Technology in the “Star Wars” Films: Essays on the Two Trilogies
Carl Silvio and Tony M. Vinci, editors

Chapter 5: Feminism and the Force: Empowerment and Disillusionment in a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Diana Dominguez

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 model to examine how this phenomenon intersects with social formations such as economics, technology, race and gender. Critical approaches are varied and include political and economic analysis informed by feminism, contemporary race theory, Marxism, new media studies and post-humanism. Among the topics covered are the connections between the trilogies and our own cultural landscape, the problematic issues of race and gender and the thematic implications of George Lucas’ presentation of technology.

Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Press, 2007 (Soft cover, $35). Available the publisher's website and UTB/TSC Barnes & Noble Bookstore, (956) 882-8249.

Dominguez is an assistant professor in the English Department.

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