English Literature students can now study Game of Thrones
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Students undertaking English degrees at the University of Virginia are now being offered the chance to study HBO TV series Game of Thrones. The series, adapted from George R.R. Martin’s popular book series ‘A Song Of Ice and Fire’, forms part of a four-week course which requires students to study both the books and TV series. This class counts for an English credit towards completion of the degree and some of the topics that will be covered are life in the aftermath of violence, the value of honour, race, gender roles, identity formation and fan fiction. The course is being run by Lisa Woolfork, Assistant Professor of Virginia’s English department, who has published her own book and whose academic career thus far has focused on American slavery. According to Woolfork, the purpose of the class is to teach students how skills that are used to study literature are “very useful skills for reading literature and TV in conjunction”. She also feels that there are issues in the books which are meaningful and are illuminated through literary analysis.
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