Since its inception, it always seemed as though HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was the bane of college kids’ existence — homework seems boring when compared to Jon Snow’s climactic battle against the White Walkers. But now, students can put their knowledge of Westeros to good use in a new George R.R. Martin-themed class offered by the University of British Columbia.
The class is titled “Our Modern Medieval: ‘The Song of Ice and Fire’ as contemporary Medievalism,” and aims to use the popularity of the series to point out the way history is transformed in the public consciousness by fiction.
“Martin’s works hold an influential place in the popular modern imagined medieval, largely supplanting any real notion of the European Middle Ages,” says Professor Robert Rouse, via The Independent.
The presence of dragons serves as a clue that Martin wasn’t looking to flawlessly re-create the real medieval period, but Rouse explains that the series also offers commentary on modern day.
The class will “be considering Martin’s works as much for what they tell us about our own moment,” Rouse says, “as for what they tell us about our ideas of the past.”
The best part of the course has got to be the required reading — all five seasons of “Game of Thrones” in addition to Martin’s five super-detailed novels must be watched in order to be prepared for the first class discussion.