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Note Tag Star Wars

Using Campbell in Scientific Storytelling

Oxford PhD student, Josh Ettinger cites Joseph Campbell and his book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, as powerful resources for storytelling within the sciences. In an article for Nature.com, Ettinger states, “When scientists describe their research to audiences outside…

Star Wars and The Hero With a Thousand Faces

“It’s no secret that Star Wars director George Lucas was profoundly influenced by comparative mythologist and literature professor Joseph Campbell and his seminal work The Hero With A Thousand Faces (1949). In case you don’t know what that book contains, here’s a very brief summary of…

‘The Mandalorian’ Has Many Talking Campbell

Disney’s new Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, has many analyzing the show and bringing up one of Star Wars creator George Lucas’s key sources in creating the original films — Joseph Campbell. Jon Favreau, creator of  The Mandalorian, has been…

Luke, a Modern Odysseus

Steve Persall writes for the Center for Story and Symbol about the Star Wars saga and Luke Skywalker, a mythical character that resonates with us all. Not long before the premiere of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Persall talks about the…

A Mythical Saga

Colin Marshall writes for Open Culture about the Star Wars saga, its’ critics and the importance of the mythic journey. The article explain that though some may say that the films fall into cliches or implausibilities, George Lucas and Joseph…

Rituals and Influences

Josh Jones writes for Open Culture about Joseph Campbell and adult initiation rituals. Jones explains just how influential Campbell was in the creation of important pop culture elements, such as the world-wide phenomenon, the Star Wars saga. These stories became…

Profile: George Lucas

PBS SoCal published a profile on George Lucas, writer and director of the Star Wars Saga. Amongst his many influences is the mythologist Joseph Campbell. His work, including the books The Hero of a Thousand Faces and The Hero’s Journey, inspired…

Campbell and Other Fun Facts About Star Wars

Holly Mosley writes for Contact Music about the Star Wars Saga and a few facts the fans may not know about the films! This list includes 10 exciting facts, one of which talks about the mythologist Joseph Campbell, and how much…

Ron Howard and Solo’s Journey

Rick Bentley writes for The Star about Ron Howard’s new film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Bentley gives voice to Howard to explain his process and how he approached such a challenging film, heavy with expectations from fans and executives.…

Hero In A Box

When Joseph Campbell first envisioned the Hero’s Journey, it was as the result of wide and deep research on myths from all over the globe. Every steps and archetypes were packed with meaning and thought. The Mono-myth became a guide,…

Trump’s Journey

As a producer of PBS’s The Power of Myth, Joan Konner experienced Joseph Campbell’s teachings from up close and many years later, his influence is still clear on her writing. In this inciting article, Konner, now Dean Emerita at Columbia College,  talks about…

A Forceful Influence

In this article for San Francisco Magazine, Andrew Nelson talks about how Joseph Campbell and his work have inspired many around the world, making him a hero, a guru and a… master Jedi? That’s how it must have felt for George…

Creating the Star Wars Mythos

In this piece, Indie Film Hustle elaborates more on the influence Campbell played in the creation of the Star Wars mythos. If not for Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, the world would likely have missed out not only on the original…

New Hope For New Stories

Alexandra Petri, a Star Wars enthusiast and blogger for The Washington Post, wonders if the new franchise stories will only be modern adaptations of previous films, or stories in their own right. It is known that George Lucas once called…

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