JHU Press Journals Celebrate the Star Wars Universe

Every year on May 4th, fans of the Star Wars franchise observe “Star Wars Day”. The date, originally chosen as a play on words (“May the fourth be with you”) has become a worldwide celebration of the universe created by George Lucas and carried on through countless prequels, sequels, animated series, comics, literature, and art. Whether or not you’re a fan of the series, its influence on popular culture cannot be overstated. It is therefore not surprising that the movies’  plots, characters, and mythology have all made their way into many areas of academic research. Here is a sampling of journal articles from Johns Hopkins University Press that cite a galaxy far, far away...


Remembering and Restoring the Republic: Star Wars and Rome
Classical World
Volume 108, Number 2, Winter 2015

Shakespeare Aftershocks: Shylock
Shakespeare Bulletin
Volume 27, Number 4, Winter 2009


The Dark Side of Digitization
portal: Libraries and the Academy
Volume 7, Number 4, October 2007


From Death Rays to Light Sabers: Making Laser Weapons Surgically Precise
Technology and Culture
Volume 52, Number 1, January 2011


Strong Female Character
Volume 1, Number 2, May 2016


Videogames and Interactive Fiction
Philosophy and Literature
Volume 29, Number 1, April 2005


Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex (review)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Volume 72, Number 1, September 2018


What is Human? Ursula LeGuin and Science Fiction's Great Theme
MFS Modern Fiction Studies
Volume 32, Number 1, Spring 1986