"Religion: Jedi" : myth and metaphysics in SF film in the Star Wars era (1977-1997)

Matthew Barron

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    Abstract

    [Truncated] This thesis addresses the social and cultural function of sf film in the period from 1977 - 1997. The period is defined by the original, cinematic release date of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) and the cinematic re-release of the same film. By engaging myth theory, the thesis examines the texts of numerous sf films. It offers the notion that the metaphysical ideas, which are typically the preserve of religion and classical myth, can be seen in the sf films of the period and that these films act as a form of myth of the metaphysical for their audience.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
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    Publication statusUnpublished - 2002

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