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By Peter W. Lee

Star Wars starts off with its recognized name series, environment the tale within the historical earlier of a distant galaxy. but the outstanding good fortune of the movie, the franchise, and its “expanded universe” is predicated upon its mirrored image of historic and cultural milieus right here on modern day Earth. This choice of new essays study a number of ways that George Lucas’s saga touches upon modern social and political concerns. subject matters comprise the influence of the film’s rating on musical genres, feminism and NASA, the epic mimicry of Western-African and Bedouin cultural motifs, gender id building, chilly struggle narratives in radio and nationwide mythology, and fan interpretations of authorship and authenticity.

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