A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars is officially available as Kindle content on Amazon! You may find it on all Amazon sites, but linking US and UK below:
Star Wars has been a best-selling franchise since its creation in 1977. In the media landscape and audiences’ imagination, its longevity isn’t surprising, given the efficient narrative models and strong multiple influences it possesses. Fictional universes of this importance that are meant for audiences of many ages have a responsibility in terms of representation and inclusiveness. This collection of essays looks at different aspects and eras of the Star Wars universe: movies, television series, video games, and novels. It addresses portrayal of children, women, ethnic diversity, and disability; and whether they offer positive and layered images of both heroes and villains. Almost forty years of narratives of plural forms has pitted Star Wars against societal and media evolutions, thus affecting narrative approaches and choices. A Galaxy of Possibilities explores some of their impacts on the franchise.
- Introduction: Why Representation Matters and Why Star Wars has a Role to Play
- Chapter 1: Star Wars Rebels: A New Text to Link the Old
- Chapter 2: Star Wars’ Jedi Younglings: A Benevolent but Controversial Education System
- Chapter 3: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II – A Milestone for Star Wars Female Characters
- Chapter 4: Mara Jade: Pillar of the Star Wars Expanded Universe
- Chapter 5: Tenel Ka: Negotiating Acquired Disability
- Chapter 6: Nala: The Missing Link between Disney Princesses and Leia Organa
Thank you to everyone who made this book possible and for the great support you gave me. I hope that all of you who will read it will enjoy it. If you write reviews or generally post about it, please send me a link, I would be glad to read what you have to say!