ENGL 6650/7650 | Special Topics in Popular Culture Studies:

Game of Thrones

Fall 2016 | Room: PH 319 | Th 600-900 pm



About the Course | David Lavery | Class Members | Power Points | Websites and Links


Course Syllabus




Click on the images to go to the Amazon page for each book or order online from any other seller. Students will also be given a Game of Thrones Resource DVD.


About the Course

An in-depth investigation into the George R. R. Martin epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire (A Game of Thrones [1996]; A Clash of Kings [1999] A Storm of Swords [2000]; Feast for Crows [2005]; Dance with Dragons [2011]; The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring [forthcoming] and Game of Thrones (2011- ), the unprecedented HBO adaptation of it. The course will thus present a complex study of both epic literary fantasy and television narrative. Students will be expected to have seen each season of the television series prior to discussion (see Agenda) and read all five existing novels prior to the end of the semester. Warning to those averse to spoilers: from day one I will show no mercy. 


Dr. David Lavery


Office: PH 316A | Office Hours: M: 100-400 pm | T: 900-1100 am; 100-300 pm | W: 900-1100 am; 100-300 pm | Th: 900-1100 am; 100-300 pm | E-mail david.lavery@mtsu.edu | Office Phone/Voice-Mail 615-898-5648 | Home Page http//davidlavery.net/


Dr. David Lavery is Director of Graduate Studies and Professor in the English Department at Middle Tennessee State University (1993- ). The recipient of the University's 2006 Distinguished Research Award, he is the author of over one hundred and fifty published essays, chapters, and reviews and the author / co-author / editor / co-editor of twenty-one books, including Joss Whedon, A Creative Portrait: From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to The Avengers, TV Goes to Hell: An Unofficial Road Map of Supernatural, The Essential Cult Television Reader, and The Essential Sopranos Reader. The co-convener of international conferences on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the work of Joss Whedon and The Sopranos; co-founder of the Whedon Studies Association and its journal Slayage and founding editor of Critical Studies in Television, he has lectured around the world on the subject of television (Australia, Turkey, the UK, Portugal, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany), been a guest/source for the BBC, NPR, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The New York Times, A Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Publica (Portugal), Information (Netherlands), AP, The Toronto Star, The Financial Times, USA Today, and from 2006-2008 taught film and television at Brunel University in London. He is currently working on two books: Genius at Work: Wallace Stevens, Charles Ives, Benjamin Lee Whorf and the Imagination of insurance and ". . . and Imagination can see them again": Four Exercises in Barfieldian Poetics.


Class Members


Elizabeth Anderson {Character: Brienne of Tarth; Episode: "Hardhome"} Brielle Campos {Character: Jagen H'ghar; Episode: "House of Black and White"}
Corey Cummings {Character: Ned Stark; Episode: "Battle of the Bastards"} Kenna Day {Character: Daenerys; Episode: "The Rains of Castermere"}
Cheryl Jensen {Character: Tyrion; Episode: "The Lion and the Rose"} Kimberly Feher {Character: Arya Stark; Episode: "The Children"}
Matthew Zumwalt {Character: Sansa; Episode: "TBA"}  



Power Points


A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones | A Clash of Kings | A Storm of Swords | A Feast for Crows | A Dance with Dragons | Characters | Entities/Groups | Houses | Places | Religions | Supernatural Beings | Paratexts | Game of Thrones: Episodes | Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6 | Season 7 | Writers | Directors | Meetings: 1 | 2 |3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | Others: ‘Verses: The Creation and Destruction of Television’s Imaginary Worlds | Fantasy | GoT as Television | Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius


Websites | Links

Con of Thrones

Game of Thrones Course Blog

Game of Thrones Basic Episode Guide

Game of Thrones Episode Guide (The Guardian)

HBO's Game of Thrones Site

Game of Thrones (IMDB)

Game of Thrones Wiki

Game of Thrones (Wikipedia)

Game of Thrones on

George R. R. Martin's Website

George R. R. Martin [Encyclopedia of Fantasy]

George R. R. Martin [Encyclopedia of Science Fiction]

GoT Pronunciation Guide

Movie and Television Glossary

Philip Shafer, Transfiguration Maxima: Harry Potter and the Complexities of Filmic Adaptation

Song of Ice and Fire (Wikipedia)

Watchers on the Wall

A Wiki of Ice and Fire (Song of Ice and Fire Wiki)


YouTube Game of Thrones Channel 

Websites/Blogs/Internet Magazines on Game of Thrones

The Atlantic | BLASTR | The Citadel (The Guardian) | Entertainment Weekly | Hollywood Reporter | i09 | Making Game of Thrones | Mashable | Nik at Night | Onion AV Club | Onion TV Club: NewbiesExperts | Radio Times | Rolling Stone | Salon | Slant | Slate | Time Magazine | TV.com | TV Guide | Vanity Fair | Vulture