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Come Talk of Thrones and Dream of Spring
Dragons, War, Fire, & Desire:
Symposium on the Literary and Cinematic
Friday, May 1, 2020
at Scripps Cottage
A global phenomenon since 2011, enraging and enchanting a global audience, Game of Thrones is clearly more than a good story with fans making pilgrimages, hackers ransoming plot leaks for millions, and filming at an increasingly epic scale from Iceland and Belfast to Morocco and Dubrovnik. Famously adapted from George R.R. Martin's soon-to-be (!?) finished book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, HBO's medieval fantasy world is The Sopranos in Middle-Earth (according to showrunner David Benioff), spanning two continents, Westeros and Essos, and focusing on dynastic power struggles for possession of the Iron Throne in order to rule the Seven Kingdoms. Political intrigue, incest, rape, and murder threaten inhabitants alongside White Walkers, witches, giants, and dragons. Fantasy helps us understand today's anxieties about war, gender, murder, and politics, helping secular media pilgrims to cobble out meaning and forge identity.
We invite you, scholars from a broad range of disciplines, to engage your lingering questions and share your analyses on a broad range of topics about ASOIAF or GOT as formally or informally as you like at this May Day symposium: Martin's historical sources? Notable production aspects? Archetypal, mythic themes and characters? Adapting literature for the screen? Is this series misogynist, patriarchal, feminist, or anarchist? Is this business as usual in politics? The sky is the limit! We look forward to reviewing your proposal!
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