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Star Wars Multiverse Virtual Event with Carmelo Esterrich & Paul Booth

Join us for a virtual event with Carmelo Esterrich, author of Star Wars Multiverse, and Paul Booth on Thursday, September 30th at 7:30pm Central!

About the book:
Star Wars may have started out as a film about a Manichean battle between good and evil, but as countless filmmakers, novelists, animators, fan artists and even cosplayers have taken the opportunity to play in the fictional world George Lucas created, it has expanded into something far greater, resulting in a richly layered and diverse Star Wars multiverse.

Drawing from a full range of Star Wars media, including comics, children's books, fan films, and television shows like Clone Wars and The Mandalorian, Carmelo Esterrich explores how these stories set in a galaxy far far away reflect issues that hit closer to home. He examines what they have to say about political oppression, authoritarianism, colonialism, discrimination, xenophobia, and perpetual war. Yet he also investigates subtler ways in which the personal is political within the multiverse, including its articulations of gender and sexuality, its cultural hierarchies of language use, and its complex relationships between humans, droids and myriad species. This book demonstrates that the Star Wars multiverse is not just a stage for thrilling interstellar battles, but also an exciting space for interpretation and discovery.

About the author:
Carmelo Esterrich is an associate professor of humanities at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches interdisciplinary humanities and cultural studies, from Gilgamesh to Bjork. His scholarship has focused on the artistic production of twentieth-century Latin America, specifically film, literature, the visual arts, and popular music.

Paul Booth is an American media scholar and a professor of Digital Communication and Media Arts at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He serves on the editorial board of a number of journals, including Transformative Works and Cultures and the Journal of Fandom Studies. He also oversees the annual DePaul Pop Culture Conference.

Star Wars Multiverse (Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781978815254
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Rutgers University Press - August 13th, 2021

Event date: 

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 7:30pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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