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Welcome to A Clash of Critics, your scholarly podcast about Game of Thrones, and A Song of Ice and Fire.

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Welcome to A Clash of Critics, your scholarly podcast about Game of Thrones, and A Song of Ice and Fire.

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

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

    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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    • 43 min
    Gender and Grief: ‘Right’ Ways of Mourning (Catelyn III, AGoT)

    Gender and Grief: ‘Right’ Ways of Mourning (Catelyn III, AGoT)

    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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    • 33 min
    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)

    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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    • 36 min
    Calculating Innocence Versus Threat: A Philosophy of Oathkeeping (Eddard II, AGoT)

    Calculating Innocence Versus Threat: A Philosophy of Oathkeeping (Eddard II, AGoT)

    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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    • 49 min
    Essos and the Orient: Dothraki Weddings and Desert Romances (Daenerys II, AGoT)

    Essos and the Orient: Dothraki Weddings and Desert Romances (Daenerys II, AGoT)

    In this episode we discuss how the culturally familiar event of the wedding is used to 'Other' the Dothraki in Daenerys II.


     


    Mentioned in this episode:


    Said, E.W. 1979, Orientalism, Vintage.

    Not a Cast Podcast (Episode 12: A GAME OF THRONES, DAENERYS II: “Forgetting to be Afraid”): https://notacastasoiaf.podbean.com/e/episode-12-a-game-of-thrones-daenerys-ii-forgetting-to-be-afraid/

    Race for the Iron Throne (Daenerys II Analysis): https://racefortheironthrone.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/chapter-by-chapter-analysis-daenerys-ii/

    Hardy, M. 2017, "The Eastern Question," Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood.

    "Pentoshi Honey Duck w/ orange snap peppers" recipe: http://www.innatthecrossroads.com/pentoshi-honey-duck-worange-snap-peppers/

    "Dothraki Blood Pie" recipe: http://www.innatthecrossroads.com/dothraki-blood-pie/

    The Sheik (1919) by E.M. Hull


     


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    • 40 min

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Perfect while you re-watch the show!

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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