• Luminous Beings Are We: Star Wars and Religion Syllabus

    Author(s):
    M. Dillon (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    Film and society, Science and popular culture
    Item Type:
    Syllabus
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/j1kw-bv03
    Abstract:
    The Star Wars films contain one of the richest fictional universes of our time. Four generations of fans line up around the block for each new film. Characters in this universe--from Princess Leah and Han Solo to Yoda--are household names. How are we to understand the abiding influence and popularity of these films? What meaning do viewers find in them? In this course, we will answer these questions by treating Star Wars as a modern myth. Utilizing theories and methods from religious studies (e.g. psychology, comparative religion, sociology, anthropology), we will rigorously analyze the Evil Empire, the Force, the Jedi -- and much more. Student can expect to gain a working knowledge of theoretical tools utilized in humanities disciplines as well as a novel and penetrating understanding of the Star Wars films.
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