A Clash of Critics - Scholarly Criticism About A Song of Ice and Fire
Romantic and Barbaric Medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire (Sansa II, AGoT)

Romantic and Barbaric Medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire (Sansa II, AGoT)

September 14, 2021

In this episode we are joined by special guest Dr Shiloh Carroll to chat about medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire, and explore how Sansa II sets up Martin's ideas about "romantic" vs "barbaric" medievalism. You can find Shiloh at shilohcarroll.wordpress.com and on Twitter @medievalismish. Shiloh's book Medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones is available now.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Carroll, S., 2018. Medievalism in a Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones (Vol. 12). Boydell & Brewer.
  • Eco, U. 1973, Travels in Hyperreality. Trans. William Weaver. Harcourt, San Diego.
  • Pugh, T. and A.J. Weisl. 2013, Medievalisms: Making the Past in the Present. Routledge, New York
  • NotACast PodCast. 2018, “A Game of Thrones, Sansa II: ‘Better than the Songs.’” https://notacastasoiaf.podbean.com/e/episode-29-a-game-of-thrones-sansa-ii-better-than-the-songs-with-special-guest-chloe-aka-liesandarbor/ 
  • Young, Helen. 2012, ““‘It’s the Middle Ages, Yo!’: Race, Neo/medievalisms, and the World of Dragon Age.” Year’s Work in Medievalism 27
  • Young, Helen. 2016, Race and Popular Fantasy Literature: Habits of Whiteness. Routledge, New York
  • Ferreday, D., 2015. Game of Thrones, rape culture and feminist fandom. Australian Feminist Studies, 30(83), pp.21-36.

 

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“Sleepy with Wine and Tired of Doom”: Slum Tourism at the Wall (Tyrion III, AGoT)

“Sleepy with Wine and Tired of Doom”: Slum Tourism at the Wall (Tyrion III, AGoT)

August 19, 2021

In this episode, we consider how Tyrion engages in a type of "tourism" in his visit to the wall.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Frenzel, F., Koens, K. and Steinbrink, M. eds., 2012. Slum tourism: Poverty, power and ethics. Routledge.

 

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Understanding Genre in A Song of Ice and Fire (Eddard IV, AGoT)

Understanding Genre in A Song of Ice and Fire (Eddard IV, AGoT)

July 21, 2021

In this episode, we provide an introduction to what genre means, and how we might attach various genres and sub-genres to A Song of Ice and Fire.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Frow, J 2014, Genre, Taylor and Francis.
  • Attebery, B 2018, "Introduction: Epic Fantasy", Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 1.
  • Moorcock, M 1988, Wizardry and wild romance : a study of epic fantasy, VGSF, London.

 

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“Lord Snow’”: Class, Privilege and Ideology (Jon III, AGoT)

“Lord Snow’”: Class, Privilege and Ideology (Jon III, AGoT)

July 7, 2021

In this episode we dip our toes into Marxist theory to chat about Jon's class privilege at the Wall.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Althusser, L, 1990. 'Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses' (1971), in Sharma, A., & Gupta, A. (Eds.). The anthropology of the state: a reader. John Wiley & Sons
  • Marx, K. and Engels, F., 1970. The German Ideology (1846). International Publishers Co.

 

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The Place-Making of King’s Landing (Cat IV, AGoT)

The Place-Making of King’s Landing (Cat IV, AGoT)

June 23, 2021

In this episode we discuss the introduction of a very important "character" in A Song of Ice and Fire: King's Landing. 

 

Mentioned in this episode:

 

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The Literary Coma (Bran III, AGoT)

The Literary Coma (Bran III, AGoT)

June 9, 2021

In this episode, we look at the literal and symbolic function of the coma in fiction.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Colbeck, M 2014, 'Waking Is Rising and Dreaming Is Sinking': The Struggle for Identity in Coma Literature. PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.
  • Porteous, J. Douglas and Smith, Sandra E. 2001, Domicide: The Global Destruction of Home. McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • Said, E.W., 2013. Reflections on exile: and other literary and cultural essays. Granta Books.
  • Vidler, A., 1992. The architectural uncanny: Essays in the modern unhomely. MIT press.
  • Freud, S., 2003. The uncanny. Penguin.

 

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

On the Symbolism and Killability of Animals (Sansa I & Eddard III, 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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