From its very first frame, the Star Wars series created a compelling universe, with complex characters and engaging storytelling. In advance of the highly anticipated new movie, "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens," this essay collection offers a fascinating and unauthorized psychological analysis of every aspect of George Lucas's richly rendered world. A group of expert contributors, edited by Travis Langley, examines such topics as family ties, Jedi qualities, masculinity, girl power, and the values embodied in both the "dark" and "light" sides of this spellbinding world.
About the Author
VOLUME EDITOR: Travis Langley is a psychology professor at Henderson State University, the author of Batman and Psychology (Wiley), and the volume editor of The Walking Dead Psychology and Star Wars Psychology (both Sterling). He speaks regularly on media and heroism at universities, conferences, and popular culture conventions including San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic Con, and Wizard World conventions throughout the world. Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics and other films have featured him as an expert interviewee, and the documentary Legends of the Knight spotlighted how he uses fiction to teach real psychology. Psychology Today carries his blog, "Beyond Heroes and Villains," and he is one of 10 most popular psychologists on Twitter with over 100,000 followers: @superherologist.CONTRIBUTORS: Colt J. Blunt, PsyD * Josué Cardona, MS * Jim Davies, PhD * Karen Dill-Shackleford, PhD * William Blake Erickson, MA * Frank Gaskill, PhD * Jennifer Golbeck, PhD * Stephen Kuniak, PhD * Travis Langley, PhD * Craig Pohlman, PhD * Clay Routledge, PhD * Billy San Juan, PsyD * Janina Scarlet, PhD * Jay Scarlet, MS, MSLIS * Mara Whiteside Wood, MS * E. Paul Zehr, PhD * Jenna Busch * Joe Kraemer * Carrie Goldman, MBA *