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)

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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