Game of Thrones has permeated the pop culture zeitgeist to the level reserved to only the top phenomena. The things that excite the public are many, but those that live on for eons are few, and Thrones is well on its way to being a member of the latter.
A Canadian University is paying huge testament to that fact. A Song of Ice and Fire is the set of novels on which the HBO Television show Game of Thrones is based. Both are set to become the topic of a course in the new semester at the University of British Columbia.
Course instructor and UBC associate English professor Robert Rouse thinks the study of the human mind conducted by George R.R Martin in his books is fascinating- and can tell us a lot about ourselves currently.
He says through the works, we see that human beings are the real monsters, much more than any fictional character we ever created.
“We’re going to be putting Martin’s work into conversation with all of the things Martin has read: medieval history, medieval literature, and try to get an insight into what Martin is doing and where his inspiration is coming from,” Rouse said, according to CBC News.
“Martin’s work is technically fantasy, but it’s very realistic fantasy. It’s not full of Tolkien’s orcs, for example,” he said.
“The monsters in Martin’s work are people. That’s quite scary for us. That’s one of the points of attraction, because it reminds us that we’re the real monsters, not dragons or orcs.”
The course is titled ‘Our Modern Medieval: The Song of Ice and Fire as contemporary Medievalism’, and runs from January 2016.