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Steven Galipeau

Jungian Analyst -- Author -- Lecturer

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 Using C. G. Jung's approach to dreams and myths, Jungian analyst Steven Galipeau reveals to readers the wealth of symbolism and meaning embedded in George Lucas's modern fairy tale. From the battle between light femininity and dark masculinity to the conflict between nature and technology, Galipeau explains why the characters and themes in the movies resonate so deeply with us. Appealing to Star Wars fans as well as those interested in popular culture, contemporary myths, and archetypes, The Journey of Luke Skywalker will bring new insight to the most popular film series of the last two decades.

"Behind the space dogfights and light-saber duels is a mythology that touches a chord in the human psyche . . . this title will be the basis of many internet discussions—not to mention term papers—by fans who will enjoy it. Recommended."

—Michael Rogers, Library Journal

 
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 Because of this book I was one of the "experts" interviewed for the 2007 History Channel Special "Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed," which still airs. 
 
The Journey of Luke Skywalker is usually available through www.amazon.com, bookstores, and the publisher at www.opencourtbooks.com.  You can express your interest by calling the publisher at 800-815-2280.

Since this book was published many other books on the original trilogy have come out, and commentary on the prequels as well.  In the Epilogue of my book I discuss a few themes from The Phantom Menace.

The best treatment of the prequels I've seen in print is The Star Wars Heresies: Interpreting the Themes, Symbols and Philosophies of Episodes I, II and III by Paul F. McDonald.  McDonald shows that if the viewer gets beyond the surface elements that one initially doesn't like the movies offer a rich mythological feast.

On the internet Mike Klimo offers a fascinating look at the prequels assessing them thematically and structurally as an artistic whole in his article "RING THEORY: The Hidden Artistry of the Star Wars Prequels."  This excellent piece can be found at
starwarsringtheory.com.