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Change your major to Hodor and take this ‘Game of Thrones’ college course
Winter is coming—and so are finals.
Jon Snow may learn something after all.
Lisa Woolfork, an associate professor of English, is running the four-week, discussion-based seminar and plans to split the focus on A Game of Thrones, the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire, and the first three seasons of Game of Thrones the television show.
Spoiler-phobes don’t have to worry about discovering what happens in future television seasons, either.
“One of the goals behind this class was to teach students how the skills that we use to study literature are very useful skills for reading literature and TV in conjunction,” Woolfork said. “‘Game of Thrones’ is popular, it’s interesting, but it’s also very serious. There are a lot of things in the series that are very weighty, and very meaningful, and can be illuminated through the skills of literary analysis.”
While plenty of other English classes focus more on the classics, George R.R. Martin’s novels are on the other end of the spectrum: current, hugely popular, and still on-going. But Woolfork plans to use the themes to aid the class’s analysis and argue that the visual medium of the show only enhances the story.
The course hopes to tackle racism, fanfiction, gender roles, and the novel’s mode of storytelling to turn readers’ ideas of a character on their heads by reading things from their perspective, among other things.
With the books expanding even further than the show, these students will have plenty to dive into this summer.
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Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.