A Clash of Critics - Scholarly Criticism About A Song of Ice and Fire

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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