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The Force of Star Wars: Examining the Epic

Registration is open for my Fall 2015 online course The Force of Star Wars: Examining the Epic!

Here's the course description:

As anyone who has ever staged a mock lightsaber duel or made an imaginary jump to lightspeed knows, Star Wars is a shared language that unites multiple generations across the planet. What traditions and ideas inspired that galaxy a long time ago and far, far away? How has the Star Wars universe expanded and evolved since its debut in 1977? What can we expect from its future incarnations? Join award-winning scholar Dr. Amy H. Sturgis as she examines the fabric of the Star Wars story and its participatory fan culture to discover the lasting meaning behind the epic and appreciate its unprecedented impact on film, fiction, and popular culture.

Don’t move along. This is the class you’re looking for.

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Please visit mythgard.org/starwars for more details, including a week-by-week breakdown of the course topics and information on our very special guest speaker. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Here is the course trailer.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 12th, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! And how much Joseph Campbell will you be including? :-)
Jun. 12th, 2015 07:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!

The quick answer is: quite a bit! Joseph Campbell, like the Force, will be everywhere. ;) We'll also be working through Brin's (and others') critique of Campbell in the Star Wars context, too.

Edited at 2015-06-12 08:26 pm (UTC)
Jun. 20th, 2015 12:53 pm (UTC)
This is so clever! Thank you for the heads up.
Jun. 13th, 2015 02:13 pm (UTC)
Someday I'll be rich. Or at least have a job...
Jun. 20th, 2015 12:54 pm (UTC)
The Force is strong in you!
Jun. 20th, 2015 12:55 pm (UTC)
Fantastic. I love this - and that it's receiving attention. Thanks so much for the link!
Jun. 24th, 2015 12:57 am (UTC)
Can't wait for this class
I signed up. Is there a Moodle page yet? I don't see one.
Jun. 24th, 2015 11:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Can't wait for this class
Oh, thank you! I think we will have a fantastic time. I'm so glad you'll be there!

The Moodle page should be visible any minute now. I just sent the email asking for the tech folks to make it live late this afternoon. I'll have the syllabus up shortly - I'm comparing notes with Prof. O'Brien re: the due dates, which are the last details to be finalized - but all of the weekly materials and links are up there now.

Thanks again for registering. I'm really excited about the course!
Jun. 25th, 2015 04:18 am (UTC)
Re: Can't wait for this class
I am already busily gathering syllabus materials, in between reading all the Hugo stuff!
Jun. 25th, 2015 07:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Can't wait for this class
Brilliant! :) It looks like the Moodle page is live now, BTW.

Edited at 2015-06-25 07:35 pm (UTC)
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