Lecture explores medievalist perspectives in Game of Thrones

The University of Wolverhampton is hosting a lecture which explores medieval themes in the popular TV show, Game of Thrones.

The School of Humanities is welcoming Professor Carolyne Larrington from the University of Oxford to the City Campus on Tuesday 13th March 2018 where she will consider the book series on which Game of Thrones is based and the ways in which medievalist and neomedievalist perspectives illuminate the achievements, and failures, across a range of different media.

Dr Aidan Byrne, Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies at the University, said:  “We are delighted to welcome Carolyne to the University for this thought-provoking lecture which focuses on a subject matter which has fascinated a global audience.

“Carolyne will explore and expand on the medieval world as portrayed in Game of Thrones, from Beyond the Wall to the Eastern wastes of Qarth.  It will be a real eye-opener to see some of these historical themes brought to life.”

Carolyne Larrington is Professor of Medieval European Literature at the University of Oxford where she teaches medieval English literature. She researches in Old Norse-Icelandic literature and her most recent book is The Norse Myths which was published in 2017.

She also works on Arthurian literature and in medievalism. Recent books include Winter is Coming (2015) on Game of Thrones and The Land of the Green Man (2015) on folklore and place. Current projects are: an investigation into emotion in Middle English literature and a multi-media project: #modernfairies, with Dr Fay Hield of Sheffield University.

The FREE lecture, Game of Thrones, George Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and (Neo) Medievalism will take place on Tuesday 13th March 2018 between 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm in the MK Building (opposite The Molineux).  Contact Dr Aidan Byrne for more information: A.Byrne2@wlv.ac.uk.



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