A Clash of Critics - Scholarly Criticism About A Song of Ice and Fire
Calculating Innocence Versus Threat: A Philosophy of Oathkeeping (Eddard II, AGoT)

Calculating Innocence Versus Threat: A Philosophy of Oathkeeping (Eddard II, AGoT)

December 2, 2020

In this episode we ask what it means to be an honourable person and consider the normative weight of oaths in Eddard II. 

 

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Hahn, D. 2012, "The death of Lord Stark: The perils of idealism,"in H. Jacoby (ed.), Game of Thrones and philosophy. Logic cuts deeper than swords, Wiley.
  • Schulzke, M. 2012, "Playing the Game of Thrones: some lessons from Machiavelli," in H. Jacoby (ed.), Game of Thrones and philosophy. Logic cuts deeper than swords, Wiley.

 

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Essos and the Orient: Dothraki Weddings and Desert Romances (Daenerys II, AGoT)

Essos and the Orient: Dothraki Weddings and Desert Romances (Daenerys II, AGoT)

November 25, 2020

In this episode we discuss how the culturally familiar event of the wedding is used to 'Other' the Dothraki in Daenerys II.

 

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Female Masculinity: On Tomboys and Gender Outlaws (Jon II, AGoT)

Female Masculinity: On Tomboys and Gender Outlaws (Jon II, AGoT)

November 18, 2020

In this episode we are joined by special guest Dr Tobi Evans to chat about Arya and female masculinity in Jon II. You can find Tobi at https://likedrkarlbutqueerer.wordpress.com/ or follow them on Twitter @DrTobiEvans

 

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Also check out Jack Halberstam's blog post on Arya and Brienne in S8 of Game of Thrones: https://bullybloggers.wordpress.com/2019/05/21/a-knight-of-a-thousand-butches-by-jack-halberstam/ 

 

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Fan Fiction in the World of Ice and Fire: Who Is an Author and Are They Dead?

Fan Fiction in the World of Ice and Fire: Who Is an Author and Are They Dead?

November 11, 2020

This episode is the first in a series of special episodes on fandom in the world of ice and fire. This episode focuses on fan fiction and how we imagine the relationship between the author and the text.

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Constructing Normalcy in Westeros (Tyrion I, AGoT)

Constructing Normalcy in Westeros (Tyrion I, AGoT)

November 4, 2020

In this episode we discuss how the disabled body is constructed in ASOIAF against an imagined "normal" body, beginning with Tyrion I.

 

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Boyhood (Bran II, AGoT)

Boyhood (Bran II, AGoT)

October 28, 2020

In this episode we explore how boyhood is imagined and idealised through the eyes of Bran in Bran II.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Jensen, H.S. and Qvistgaard, M. 2017, “'Oh, my sweet summer child' Children and Childhood in Game of Thrones," Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood, Wiley Blackwell.
  • Jenkins, H. 2006, "Complete Freedom of Movement: Video Games as Gendered Play Spaces," in K. Salen and E. Zimmerman (eds.), The Game Design Reader: A Rules of Play Anthology, The MIT Press.

 

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Family and Legitimacy as a Construct (Jon I, Catelyn II, & Arya I, AGoT)

Family and Legitimacy as a Construct (Jon I, Catelyn II, & Arya I, AGoT)

October 21, 2020

In this episode we think about "legitimacy" in family units as a social, legal, and moral construct.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Finn, M., Lobban, M., Taylor, J.B. and Taylor, J.B. (eds.) 2010, Legitimacy and illegitimacy in nineteenth-century law, literature and history, Springer.
  • Safire, W. 1985, "On Language; Unwed Words," The New York Times Magazinehttps://www.nytimes.com/1985/08/11/magazine/on-language-unwed-words.html
  • Liedl, J. 2017, "Rocking Cradles and Hatching Dragons: Parents in Game of Thrones," in B.A. Pavlac (ed.) Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood, Wiley Blackwell.

 

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Homosociality, Grief, and Love Between Men (Eddard I, AGoT)

Homosociality, Grief, and Love Between Men (Eddard I, AGoT)

October 14, 2020

In this episode we return to Foucault to explore the love between Ned and Robert as a form of queer intimacy, as well as the grief they share over Lyanna's death.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Sedgwick, E.K. 2015, Between men: English literature and male homosocial desire, Columbia university press.
  • "Friendship as a Way of Life" (interview with Michael Foucault in Le Gai Pied magazine in 1981, translated by John Johnston).
  • Ben-Hur 1951 (film). Directed by William Wyler.
  • The Celluloid Closet (documentary film). Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.
  • Faderman, L. 1981, Surpassing the love of men : romantic friendship and love between women from the Renaissance to the present,  William Morrow & Company.
  • Not a Cast Podcast (Episode 5: A GAME OF THRONES, EDDARD I: “This is Her Place”): https://notacastasoiaf.podbean.com/e/episode-5-a-game-of-thrones-eddard-i-this-is-her-place/ 
  • Till, K.E. 2005, The New Berlin Memory, Politics, Place, University of Minnesota Press.

 

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Homes and Homelands (Catelyn I & Daenerys I, AGoT)

Homes and Homelands (Catelyn I & Daenerys I, AGoT)

October 7, 2020

In this episode we look at how homes and homelands are imagined by Cat and Dany, and discuss the role of prosthetic memory. 

 

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Porteous, J.D. and Smith, S.E. 2001, Domicide: The Global Destruction of Home, McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal.
  • Landsberg, A 2004, Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture, Columbia University Press. Proquest Ebook Central, New York.

 

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Sovereign Power and Punishment as Spectacle (Bran I, AGoT)

Sovereign Power and Punishment as Spectacle (Bran I, AGoT)

September 30, 2020

In this episode we explore how sovereign power is wielded in the North and consider the function of Gared's execution as a spectacle. 

 

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