Ivy League School, University Of Virginia Offers ‘Game Of Thrones’ Course, Winter Is Coming, Highlight Hollywood News

HBO’s hit drama has made its historical mark at the venerable university that U.S. President Thomas Jefferson founded.  The world renowned university confirmed to Highlight Hollywood, that they are offering a seminar with credits to those obsessed with Westeros.  The hit HBO show (which just wrapped up its fourth season) and George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series are at the heart of this discussion-based English seminar, UVAToday reports.
The class will not only delves into fantasy — a genre not typically studied in college classrooms — and the broader cultural impact of Game of Thrones, but also uses the series as a way to study how techniques for literary analysis can be used to effectively examine television.

Game of Thrones is popular, it’s interesting, but it’s also very serious,” said associate professor Lisa Woolfork. “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.”





Students will take turns leading class discussion, which has touched on myriad topics including racialism, fan-fiction, gender roles and power, identity formation, cultural allegory and, of course, good, evil and the gray area in between. For their final assignment, students will be tasked with creating their own addition to the Game of Thrones saga.




“All of them have to connect in some way to how Game of Thrones has sustained itself as a cultural phenomenon,” Woolfork said. “Some are writing a prequel graphic novel; others are working on spoilers… I want them to consider, ‘How do you track the progress of a book to a TV series to this large phenomena, and how does that transform?’ Literarily speaking, it’s a very diverse and rich text. It has lots of layers, lots of characters and it’s very smart.”



It’s not every day that pop culture comes to such a distinguished school, but Game of Thrones has become the most successful TV series in history, and my all-time fave show, so I think historian, scientist Thomas Jefferson would be proud.



Winter is Coming early for the Dominion State, founding in Honor of England’s Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I.



Here’s a sneak peek of  seasons 1, 2 and 3, which will be covered in this course. It aired just before the fourth season’s premiere, “A Foreshadowing.”





Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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