A Clash of Critics - Scholarly Criticism About A Song of Ice and Fire
On the Symbolism and Killability of Animals (Sansa I & Eddard 3, AGoT)

On the Symbolism and Killability of Animals (Sansa I & Eddard 3, AGoT)

December 23, 2020

In this episode, we look at the role of non-human animals in ASoIaF and explore what it means for animals to be "killable."

 

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Haraway, D. 2007, When Species Meet, U of Minnesota Press.
  • Mehrabi, T. 2016, Making Death Matter: A Feminist Technoscience Study of Alzheimer's Sciences in the Laboratory, Linköping University, Linköping. 

 

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Gender and Grief: ‘Right’ Ways of Mourning (Catelyn III, AGoT)

Gender and Grief: ‘Right’ Ways of Mourning (Catelyn III, AGoT)

December 16, 2020

In this episode we return to the idea of grief to examine how grief becomes gendered and how particular ways of expressing grief are considered more or less acceptable. 

 

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Doka, K.J. and Martin, T.L. 2011, Grieving beyond gender: Understanding the ways men and women mourn, Routledge.

 

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Taking the Black: Restorative Justice and the Night’s Watch (Tyrion II, AGoT)

Taking the Black: Restorative Justice and the Night’s Watch (Tyrion II, AGoT)

December 9, 2020

In this episode we consider to what extent the Night's Watch plays a role in the idea of restorative justice in Westeros and ask how we can begin to talk about "community service" when the service performed is either not recognised or valued by significant proportions of the community.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Rohani, S. and Abootalebi, H. 2015, "Mending Wall: A Study of Restorative Justice in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and Tales of Dunk and Egg," k@ta, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 58–63.
  • Zedner, L. 1994, "Reparation and retribution: Are they reconcilable," Mod. L. Rev., vol. 57, no. 2, p. 228.
  • Foucault, M. 1977, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, translated by A. Sheridan, Penguin, London.

  • Van Ness, D.W. and Strong, K.H. 2014, Restoring justice: An introduction to restorative justice, Routledge.

 

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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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