The University of British Columbia is now offering a course entirely concentrating on the work of Georg R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones. The class is called ?Our Modern Medieval: The Song of Ice and Fire as contemporary Medievalism.? Unfortunately, only students who have read and scanned the books will be allowed to enroll in the class, according to Time.
?The course will involve the reading of the five books (thus far) of the series, and the watching of the five seasons of the HBO series. Please make sure you?ve read these before the course begins, as it will be problematic to try to catch up if you have not done so,? the syllabus stated.
?Throughout the history of western culture, the medieval has been continually reimagined to reflect, as in a mirror darkly, the fears and desires of the contemporary moment,? a post from the website explained. ?For the writers of the Renaissance, the medieval was the abject other form which the rebirth of classical learning had liberated them, while the Victorians found in the Middle ages archetypical structures of Empire and class-oriented chivalry.?
It will be instructed by associate professor and Game of Thrones enthusiast Robert Rouse and will help student fully understand the medieval history through the concept of the works of George R.R. Martin. The students will be urged to ?examine the role of the medieval in the popular consciousness of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.?
?The course will take the works of George R.R. Martin as the central text for an investigation of how the medieval is reimagined in our current moment? Martin?s works hold an influential place in the popular modern imagined medieval, largely supplanting any real notion of the European Middle Ages in the minds of most of its readers and viewers. As such, we will be considering Martin?s works as much for what they tell us about our own moment, as for what they tell us about our ideas of the past,? Rouse wrote, according to Time.
In any case, just as long as they don?t spoil the next main character who?s going the die in the next series, then enrolling for the course is just fine.