Jonathan shares a graduate seminar paper he recently wrote about the STAR WARS sequel trilogy and their problematic relationship to nostalgia.
On today’s bonus episode, we’re doing something different. A few weeks ago, Jonathan teased he was working on a paper for his phD program about Star Wars, and more specifically, the weird, disturbing relationship to nostalgia in the sequel trilogy films, along with other 30-year-later ‘legacy sequels’ that are now flooding the market. The essay was actually informed quite a bit by the discussion we had about The Rise of Skywalker back on episode 309, and other Star Wars conversations we’ve had over the years. Several listeners very kindly asked if they could read the full thing when it was done, so today, we’re sharing the whole paper with you as an audio recording, read by Jonathan. This is an academic paper, not a typical review or online thinkpiece, but we think you’ll enjoy it if you’re interested in the topic. For those who’d like to read the actual text for themselves, it’s available as a PDF at this link, and it includes all of the footnotes and citations that aren’t present in the audio version.
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