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Welcome to A Clash of Critics, your scholarly podcast about Game of Thrones, and 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)

    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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    • 41 min
    "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)

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

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

    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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    • 33 min
    "Lord Snow'": Class, Privilege and Ideology (Jon III, AGoT)

    "Lord Snow'": Class, Privilege and Ideology (Jon III, AGoT)

    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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    • 40 min
    The Place-Making of King's Landing (Cat IV, AGoT)

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

    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:
    Sertan Saral's episode of Trope Watchers: https://tropewatchers.podbean.com/e/military-tropes-in-star-wars-and-battlestar-galactica/
    Massey, D., 2013. Space, place and gender. John Wiley & Sons.
    Williams, R., 2016. Resources of hope: Culture, democracy, socialism. Verso Books.
     
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    • 33 min
    The Literary Coma (Bran III, AGoT)

    The Literary Coma (Bran III, AGoT)

    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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    • 33 min

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This shows offers a detailed and thoughtful critique and assessment of GoT episode by episode, as it happens. It’s a perfect companion to watching the show from the beginning! Mia and Scott are big fans but willing to call out what works and what doesn’t, helping you experience the show at a much deeper level.

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