John Powers

John Powers Star Wars and the Rhetoric of Power

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John Powers presents the original 1977 Star Wars movie, not as literary fantasy but as an real object; an object made at a particular time and place, by a particular group of people. 

George Lucas said that after he realized he would not be able find funding for his Vietnam War, he took the ideas he had been working on for Apocolypse Now and reworked them s a space adventure - recasting the North Vietnamese as a rebellion against a corrupt industrialized Empire run by "Nixonian gangsters". Star Wars will be presented as an artifact of post-Vietnam, post Watergate, Cold War America - an America rebelling against the massive Modernist urban development and mute abstract art they associated with the racist and sexist paternalism of their own Empire.