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Homage and Imitation in Star Wars – Then and Now

The following guest post is by Varad Mehta.The other day, while discussing an essay I wrote about the role of nostalgia in Disney’s marketing of The Force Awakens, an acquaintance remarked that “it’s impossible to separate the movies from the myth.” What he meant was that it’s no longer possible to talk about any Star Wars movie without at the same time talking about the larger fictional universe in which it takes place; the lore, the mythology, the meta-narrative, what have you. Our ability to address Star Wars, or The Empire Strikes Back, or Revenge of the Sith, or the Read more