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

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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