The female characters in Star Wars have always been the subject of discussion and sometimes controversy. Whether it was Leia’s ‘metal bikini slave outfit’ or Padme’s ‘death by losing the will to live’, there are plenty of fans and outsiders … Continue reading UCL’s Star Wars Class #9: The Female Core of Star Wars: Shmi, Padme, Leia & Rey
The Star Wars Hexalogy features plenty of diverse and interesting societies and species that all try to make their way in the Galaxy. The Republic Senate embodies this diversity probably more than any other institution in the Galaxy. Yet a … Continue reading UCL’s Star Wars Class #8: Ewoks, Gungans, Geonosians and the Noble Savage
The Star Wars Hexology is viewed by many as a simple story about Good v.s. Evil where the notions of ‘Dark’ and ‘Light’ are considered to overlap completely with ‘Light = Good’ and ‘Dark = Evil’. However as we have seen already in our discussion of what the Star Wars narrative is in class #2 things are much more subtle than that. Surprisingly, just 24 hours before this class Religion and Star Wars were entangled in yet another way in the UK News.
The first session of the UCL Star Wars class gave a brief introduction to the Saga and it’s reception by the press and by the cinema audiences. You can find the notes of this class here and here is the … Continue reading UCL’s Star Wars Class #1: Recorded lecture I
This is the second set of notes of the UCL Star Wars class 2015. Last week we discussed how the reception of the Star Wars saga is deeply affected by the generational differences between the target demographics of both trilogies, … Continue reading UCL’s Star Wars Class #2: Star Wars Storytelling
Class Notes 07/10/2015 In today’s class I want to make a start with exploring what ‘Star Wars’ is. There is a wealth of material out there, much of it known and used but even more unexplored and left unanalysed. In this … Continue reading UCL’s Star Wars Class #1: What is Star Wars?