Ambiguity in Star Wars and Harry Potter

Author: Christina Flotmann
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839421489
Format: PDF
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The study combines theories of myth, popular culture, structuralism and poststructuralism to explain the enormous appeal of »Star Wars« and »Harry Potter«. Although much research already exists on both stories individually, this book is the first to explicitly bring them together in order to explore their set-up and the ways in which their structures help produce ideologies on gender and ethnicity. Hereby, the comparison yields central insights into the workings of modern myth and uncovers structure as integral to the success of the popular genre. It addresses academic audiences and all those wishing to approach the tales from a fresh angle.

Fan Sein

Author: Matthias Völcker
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658134070
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Das Buch befasst sich mit der Bedeutung und Relevanz eines Fangegenstandes (Star Wars) für die Konstitution der (Fan-)Identität seiner AnhängerInnen. Star Wars als ein – wenn nicht sogar „das“ – populärkulturelle[s] Phänomen zu bezeichnen, ist keine Übertreibung, hat es doch nicht nur die Art und Weise verändert, wie im modernen Kino Geschichten, durchaus auf spektakuläre Weise, erzählt werden und den Begriff des Blockbusterkinos geprägt. Was fasziniert Menschen an Star Wars? Warum beschäftigen sie sich so leidenschaftlich und intensiv mit diesem Thema? Diese Arbeit handelt von genau den Menschen, die ihr Leben und ihren Alltag mit Star Wars und einer Leidenschaft für dieses Universum verbinden und mit anderen teilen. Dabei wird insbesondere dargestellt, wie ein mediales Erzeugnis – etwa Filme, Serien oder Bücher – die Star Wars-AnhängerInnen seit vielen Jahren, gar Jahrzehnten begleitet und diese Erzählung ein Teil ihres Lebens wurde. Es geht darum, zu ergründen, wie Star Wars – um es mit einem zentralen Begriff der Sozialwissenschaften zu benennen – ein Teil der Sozialisationserfahrungen wurde.

The Myth Awakens

Author: Ken Derry
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498246265
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The trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens made a strong impression on fans. Many were excited by what they saw as a return to the spirit of George Lucas's 1977 creation. Others--including several white supremacy groups--were upset and offended by key differences, most notably the shift away from a blond, blue-eyed, male protagonist. When the film was finally released, reactions similarly seemed to hinge on whether or not The Force Awakens renewed the "mythic" aspects of the original trilogy in ways that fans approved of. The Myth Awakens examines the religious implications of this phenomenon, considering the ways in which myth can function to reinforce "traditional" social and political values. In their analyses the authors of this book reflect on fan responses in relation to various elements of (and changes to) the Star Wars canon--including toys, video games, and novels, as well as several of the films. They do so using a variety of critical tools, drawing from studies of gender, race, psychology, politics, authority, music, ritual, and memory.

Star Trek as Myth

Author: Matthew Wilhelm Kapell
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786455942
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In the past, the examination of myth has traditionally been the study of the “Primitive” or the “Other.” More recently, myth has been increasingly employed in movies and in television productions. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Star Trek television and movie franchise. This collection of essays on Star Trek brings together perspectives from scholars in fields including film, anthropology, history, American studies and biblical scholarship. Together the essays examine the symbolism, religious implications, heroic and gender archetypes, and lasting effects of the Star Trek “mythscape.”

Using Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy

Author: Lawrence C. Rubin, PhD, LMHC, RPT-S
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780826101327
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Harness the Therapeutic Power of the Superhero! Application of the Star Wars Adoption Narrative Emotional Literacy and the Incredible Hulk Batman and Trauma What Would Superman Do--An Adlerian Approach? With an incisive historical foreword by John Shelton Lawrence and insight from contributors such as Michael Brody, Patty Scanlon, and Roger Kaufman, Lawrence Rubin takes us on a dynamic tour of the benefits of using these icons of popular culture and fantasy in counseling and play therapy. Not only can superheroes assist in clinical work with children, but Rubin demonstrates how they can facilitate growth and change with teen and adults. Early childhood memories of how we felt pretending to have the power to save the world or our families in the face of impending danger still resonate in our adult lives, making the use of superheroes attractive as well, to the creative counselor. In presenting case studies and wisdom gleaned from practicing therapists' experience, Lawrence Rubin shows how it is possible to uncover children's secret identities, assist treatment of adolescents with sexual behavior problems, and inspire the journey of individuation for gay and lesbian clients, all by paying attention to our intrinsic social need for superhero fantasy and play.

Fan Phenomena Star Wars

Author: Mika Elovaara
Publisher: Intellect Books
ISBN: 1783200227
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In October 2012, the Walt Disney Company paid more than $4 billion to acquire Lucasfilms, the film and production company responsible for Howard the Duck. But Disney, despite its history and success with duck characters, wasn't after Howard; in buying Lucasfilms, it also bought the rights to the Star Wars franchise. Soon after the purchase, Disney announced a new Star Wars film was in the works and would be released in 2015, nearly four decades after the first movie hit big screens around the world and changed popular culture forever. The continued relevance of Star Wars owes much to the passion of its fans. For millions of people around the world, the films are more than diversions—they are a way of life. Through costumed role-playing, incessant quoting, Yoda-like grammatical inversions, and scholarly debates about the Force, fans keep the films alive in a variety of ways, and in so doing, add to the saga's cultural relevance. The first book to address the films holistically and from a variety of cultural perspectives, Fan Phenomena: Star Wars explores numerous aspects of Star Wars fandom, from its characters to its philosophy. As one contributor notes, “the saga that George Lucas created affects our lives almost daily, whether we ourselves are fans of the saga or not.” Anyone who is struggling to forget Jar Jar Binks can certainly agree to that. Academically informed but written for a general audience, this book will appeal to every fan and critic of the films. That is, all of us.