The Star Wars Heresies: Interpreting the Themes, Symbols and Philosophies of Episodes I, II and III

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McFarland, Sep 3, 2013 - Performing Arts - 224 pages
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Despite the insatiable public appetite for all things Star Wars, the more analytical side of the saga is all too often ignored. This book offers a new way of seeing George Lucas' space opera--particularly the prequel trilogy, a series never given a fair chance because of constant comparisons to the iconic originals. In the classic style of Joseph Campbell, the trilogy is viewed through the lens of myth and metaphor, revealing a body of work not only worthy of scholarly study but perhaps destined to find therein its home. A wide variety of philosophical and mythological themes are presented and expounded upon, drawing from a rich source of scholars, thinkers, writers, and poets from East and West alike. Heretical or not, the Star Wars prequels are a surprisingly rich source of insight into the saga--as well as the human drama--as a whole.
 

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Contents

The Heresy
1
The Living Force
7
The Phantom Menace
11
Attack of the Clones
67
Revenge of the Sith
131
Chapter Notes
195
Bibliography
209
Index
212
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Paul F. McDonald has had articles and essays published by TheForce.net, The Forcecast, Space.com, SciFi Dimensions, and has his own popular blog, The Star Wars Heresies. He lives in Snellville, Georgia.

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