UCL’s Lesson On The Female Core Of Star Wars

Clone Corridor posted another part of UCL’s Star Wars course, this time on the ladies of the saga:

To me the message seems clear: Padme’s death and funeral are not merely the death and funeral of a particular character. What is being carried to the grave here is femininity in the Galaxy. All those qualities that we associate with this word, whether it are connotations of beauty, fertility, caring, compassion or nurturing … they are all lost to the Galaxy in that final sequence of Revenge of the Sith. With Padme also the beauty of the Naboo’s design, the green lushness of its fields and forests, the compassion of the Republic, etc, it all comes crashing down and has fallen apart. It will not return in this way until we are on that Sanctuary Moon of Endor. All that remains of it is an impression in the soul of a very small girl: Leia, Padme’s daughter … the only one who carries that memory.


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3 Responses to “UCL’s Lesson On The Female Core Of Star Wars”

  1. Hunk a Junk Says:

    Speaking of females in Star Wars, it bears mentioning that Captain Phasma is being touted as “the first female villain in Star Wars.” We need to remind people that Zam Wesell was actually the first (even if she was an alien changeling) in AOTC.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Yep. Preceded by Asajj Ventress, Mother Talzin, Zam Wesell, and I suppose even Aurra Sing. That doesn’t count books/comics villainesses like Lumiya (Shira Brie) and quasi-bad girls like Mara Jade. But Phasma gets the biggest billing in a film to date.

  2. LadyJediScientist Says:

    I’m really enjoying this series. I am looking to what they will do next. And as far as Captain Phantasm being the first female villain, I look at it this way: Zam Wesell is now the PT version of Wedge Antilles- the character that separates posers from the hard core fans 😉😉😎

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