I love Star Wars. It’s something that I’ve loved for as long as I can remember. Over the years, I’ve also found that I love thinking about connections between Star Wars and my other interests–like medieval literature, manuscripts, apocrypha, and cultural theory.
On October 8, 2018, Dot Porter invited me to talk about the Jedi texts seen in The Last Jedi, and to compare them with manuscripts from the collection of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania. Over the course of 2019, this conversation was released over 15 episodes, titled Sacred Texts: Codices Far, Far Away.
Our video series has been featured in Forbes, Space.com, and The Daily Pennsylvanian.
I have also written various pieces about Star Wars and my academic interests:
- Aionomica, Rammahgon, and De sphaera mundi: Bibliographic Medievalism in Star Wars, co-written with Dot Porter (on her blog)
- Canonizing Star Wars
- Medievalism in The Force Awakens
- Medievalism in The Last Jedi, for Forces of Geek
- The Last Jedi Scriptures and Medieval Manuscripts
- Medievalism in The Rise of Skywalker
- Bede, Star Wars, and Ascension Day