Women in Game of Thrones: Power, Conformity and Resistance

Women in Game of Thrones: Power, Conformity and Resistance

by Valerie Estelle Frankel
     
 

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Game of Thrones, one of the hottest series on television, leaves hundreds of critics divided on how "feminist" the show really is. Certainly the female characters, strong and weak, embody a variety of archetypes—widow queens, warrior women, damsels in distress, career women, priestesses, crones, mothers and maidens. However, the problem is that most of them

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Game of Thrones, one of the hottest series on television, leaves hundreds of critics divided on how "feminist" the show really is. Certainly the female characters, strong and weak, embody a variety of archetypes—widow queens, warrior women, damsels in distress, career women, priestesses, crones, mothers and maidens. However, the problem is that most of them play a single role without nuance—even the "strong women" have little to do besides strut about as one-note characters. This book analyzes the women and their portrayals one by one, along with their historical inspirations. Accompanying issues in television studies also appear, from the male gaze to depiction of race. How these characters are treated in the series and how they treat themselves becomes central, as many strip for the pleasure of men or are sacrificed as pawns. Some nude scenes or moments of male violence are fetishized and filmed to tantalize, while others show the women's trauma and attempt to identify with the scene's female perspective. The key is whether the characters break out of their traditional roles and become multidimensional.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
intriguing anecdotes...thoroughly researched and impressively analyzed...highly recommended
Midwest Book Review
pays full homage to the complex vision and plot mastering mind of its creator, George R.R. Martin
Against the Grain
"a thought-provoking read. Anyone who is a fan of the novel series or show should read it to get an interesting perspective that is backed up with convincing evidence"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786494163
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/14/2014
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
1,094,842
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Estelle Frankel has been a storyteller, an award-winning novelist, and a lecturer at San Jose State University. The author of 30 books on popular culture and more than 100 stories and essays, she lives in Sunnyvale, California.

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