""Ken Derry's introduction sets the tone for this book. He argues that we ought to take study of popular culture, in this case the Star Wars saga, seriously, because it opens up areas of discussion and interest that are ignored by theology and film. At the same time that we take popular culture seriously, Derry also suggests we take ourselves less seriously. The serious study of religion, myth, and film can actually be fun. You will have fun reading the essays in this book.""
--William L. Blizek, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Founding Editor, Journal of Religion & Film
""'Crazy thing is . . . it's true. The Force. The Jedi . . . All of it . . . It's all true."" So says Han Solo in The Force Awakens. This excellent collection helps us to better understand the Star Wars universe, but also gives us insight into the study of religion in our own universe.""
--Amir Hussain, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
Ken Derry is Associate Professor of Religion, Teaching Stream, at the University of Toronto. His published essays have considered the relationship between religion and violence in a range of written and visual creative works, including John Woo's The Killer, contemporary Indigenous literature, The Wizard of Oz, and the Netflix series Luke Cage. He is very fond of Patton Oswalt's routine about the awfulness of the Star Wars prequels.
John C. Lyden is Liberal Arts Core Director and Professor of Liberal Arts at Grand View University. He is the author of Film as Religion (2003) and editor of the Routledge Companion to Religion and Film (2009). He saw the original Star Wars film so many times when it first came out that he memorized most of the dialogue, and can still plausibly impersonate most of the voices.
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Table of Contents
List of Contributors xi
List of illustrations xv
Preface: The Book Awakens Ken Derry xvii
Introduction: Being Sith Lord Sexypants Ken Derry 1
Chapter 1 The More Things Change: Historical Political Context and The Force Awakens John C. Lyden 23
Chapter 2 The Brightest Shadow: From Fighting Darkness to Seeking It Lindsay Macumber 33
Chapter 3 Leia "the Hutt Slayer" and Rey "the next generation badass boss bitch": Heroism, Gender, and Fan Appreciation Chris Klassen 47
Chapter 4 I've Heard This Somewhere Before: The Myth-Making Implications of Han and Leia's Theme Kutter Callaway 61
Chapter 5 The Racism Awakens Daniel White Hodge Joseph Boston 74
Chapter 6 Do, or Do Not; There is no Try; Race, Rhetoric, and Diversity in the Star Wars Universe Joshua Call 92
Chapter 7 Ritual, Repetition, and the Responsibility of Relaying the Myth Justin Mullis 106
Chapter 8 Memory, History, and Forgetting in Star Wars Fandom Syed Adnan Hussain 133
Chapter 9 The Ion Canon Will Fire Several Shots to Make Sure Any Enemy Ships Will be Out of Your Flight Path; Canonization, Tribal Theologians, and Imaginary World Budding Kenneth MacKendrick 147
Subject Index 163
Author Index 169
Film and Television Index 171
Star Wars Media Index 173