ATG Quirkies: Is Game of Thrones “Medieval”?

The incredibly popular HBO show Game of Thrones is invading academe. And it seems that “some medievalists have been eager to embrace the exceptional popularity of GoT as a way to draw new students into the field.”  In fact, a couple of professors at Harvard are planning a seminar called The Real Game of Thrones: From Modern Myths to Medieval Models and they are pretty blatant about using their class “as a “recruitment tool” for medieval studies and the humanities.”

But in this post in Inside Higher Ed, Richard Utz, professor and chair in the School of Literature, Media and Communication at Georgia Tech, objects to turning Game of Thrones into a “gateway drug” for making future medievalists.” In fact, he has a couple of objections, as well as some other interesting observations about the state of medieval studies and humanities education. But you’ll need to check out his article to learn what he has to say.

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

 

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