Some years ago — never mind how long precisely — having little or no money in my purse, but an invitation and funding from the American Studies Association of Korea (ASAK), I traveled to Seoul to give a paper called “Technophobia: Star Wars, Star Trek, and Other Sites of Technocultural Anxiety.” The talk was subsequently published in the Association’s journal. (You can read it here.)

Some years later, a professor at Syracuse University named Douglas Brode asked if he could include the essay in a reader that he was putting together for a course on Star Wars. Naturally, I agreed.

Some time after that, the course having been a big success, he asked whether the essay might be included, in revised form, in an anthology based on the course reader that would be published by Scarecrow Press. Once again, I agreed.

Cut to the chase: “Star Wars and the Technophobic Imagination” will be appearing this June in the first of what has turned out to be two volumes about Star Wars. Both are edited by Brode and Leah Dyneka.

Here are the tables of contents for each volume.

Volume 1: Myth, Media, and Culture in Star Wars: An Anthology

1. Douglas Brode, “Cowboys in Space“: Star Wars and the Western Film”
2. Arthur Berger, “Is Star Wars a Modernized Fairy Tale?”
3. Craig Svonkin, “From Disneyland to Modesto: George Lucas and Walt Disney”
4. Leah Deyneka, “May the Myth Be with You, Always: Archetypes, Mythic
Elements and Aspects of Joseph Campbell’s Heroic Monomyth in the Original Star Wars Trilogy”
5. Dan Rubey, “Not so long ago, not so far away: New Variations on Old Themes;
Questioning Star Wars’ Revival of Heroic Archetypes”
6. John C. McDowell, “From Sky-Walking to Dark Knight of the Soul: George Lucas’
Star Wars Turns to Tragic Drama”
7. Michael Kaminski, “Under the Influence of Akira Kurosawa: The Visual Style of George Lucas”
8. Crystal Renee White, “Balancing the Force: How Media Created by Star Wars
Now Defines the Franchise”
9. Jon Hogan, “A Long Time Ago on a Newsstand Far, Far Away: The Mythic Comic Book Hero in Marvel Comics’ Star Wars”
10.  Eric Charles, “The Jedi Network: Star Wars’ Portrayal and Inspirations
on the Small Screen”
11. Seth Sommerfeld, “Gaming in a Galaxy Far, Far Away: The History of the Expanded Worlds, Canon Conflicts, and Simplified Morality of Star Wars Video Games”
12. Henry Jenkins,”Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars?: Digital Cinema, Media
Convergence, and Participatory Culture”
13. Cyrus R. K. Patell, “Star Wars and the Technophobic Imagination”

Volume 2: Sex, Politics, and Religion in Star Wars: An Anthology

1. Douglas Brode, “A Rocky Road to Star Wars: The Early Life and Career of George Lucas”
2. Andrew Howe, “Star Wars in Black & White:  Race and Racism in a Galaxy
Not So Far Away”
3. Julien Fielding, “Beyond Judeo-Christianity: Star Wars and the Great Eastern Religions”
4. Andrew Bank, “May the Force Be with JEW: The Jedi-Hebraic Connection”
5. Nick Desloge, “Star Wars: An Exhibition in Cold War Politics”
6. Peter Krämer, “Fighting the Evil Empire: Star Wars, the Strategic Defense
Initiative and the Politics of Science-Fiction”
7. Ray Merlock and Kathy Merlock Jackson, “Light Sabers, Political Arenas, and Marriages for Princess Leia and Queen Amidala”
8. Anne M. Boyd, “The Over-Soul of the Force: Emersonian Transcendentalism
in the Star Wars Saga”
9. Lucy Place, “George Lucas and Freud’s Anal Stage Manifestations of Excretory and Vaginal Fear in THX 1138 and Star Wars”
10. Roger Kaufman, “Homosexual Romance & Self-Realization in Star Wars”
11. Matt Singer, “The War for Star Wars”
12. Nick Jamilla, “Defining the Jedi Order: Star Wars’ Narrative and the Real World”
13. Andrew Gordon, “The Empire Strikes Back: Deeper and Darker”

Meanwhile, the Star Wars universe is very much a destination in my household. My two sons are addicted to the new MMO game Star Wars: The Old Republic and continue to watch new episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Their dad might be doing a little playing and watching too (though not nearly as much as he’d like to).