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Game of Thrones! History, Medievalism and How It Might End

Speaker: Professor Carolyne Larrington (University of Oxford)
Date: Monday 17 October 2016
Time: 6–7pm
Venue: Alexander Lecture Theatre (G.57, Ground Floor, Arts Building), The University of Western Australia
Registration: Registration is free, but online booking is essential.  Register here
Enquiries: Joanne McEwan (joanne.mcewan@uwa.edu.au)

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In this lecture I’ll talk about watching and writing about HBO’s Game of Thrones as a medieval scholar. I’ll also explain some of the medieval history and literature from which George R. R. Martin chiselled the building blocks for the construction of his imaginary world. Game of Thrones has now become the most frequently streamed or downloaded show in TV history. I’ll suggest some reasons for its enormous international success as the medieval fantasy epic for the twenty-first century, and will undertake a little speculation on how the show might end.

Carolyne Larrington is Professor of Medieval European Literature at the University of Oxford, and teaches medieval English literature as a Fellow of St John’s College. She has published widely on Old Icelandic literature, including the leading translation into English of the Old Norse Poetic Edda (2nd edn, Oxford World’s Classics, 2014). She also researches medieval European literature: two recent publications are Brothers and Sisters in Medieval European Literature (York Medieval Press, 2015) and an edited collection of essays (with Frank Brandsma and Corinne Saunders), Emotions in Medieval Arthurian Literature (D. S. Brewer, 2015). She also writes on the medieval in the modern world: two recent books are The Land of the Green Man (2015) on folklore and landscape in Great Britain, and Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones (2015), both published by I. B. Tauris. She is currently researching emotion in secular medieval European literatures, and planning a second book about Game of Thrones.

This event is sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe, 1100-1800) and the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group.

Image: Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones, Carolyne Larrington, I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd, 2016