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

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McFarland, Aug 29, 2013 - Performing Arts - 224 pages
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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Paul F. McDonald has had articles and essays published by, The Forcecast,, SciFi Dimensions, and has his own popular blog, The Star Wars Heresies. He lives in Snellville, Georgia.

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