Game of Tropes: the Orientalist tradition in the Works of G.R.R. Martin

Hardy,M 2015, Game of Tropes: the Orientalist tradition in the Works of G.R.R. Martin, International journal of arts & sciences, vol. 08, no. 01, pp. 409-420.

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Title Game of Tropes: the Orientalist tradition in the Works of G.R.R. Martin
Author(s) Hardy,MORCID iD for Hardy,M orcid.org/0000-0002-3010-5386
Journal name International journal of arts & sciences
Volume number 08
Issue number 01
Start page 409
End page 420
Total pages 11
Publisher University Publications
Place of publication Cumberland, RI.
Publication date 2015-04-24
ISSN 1944-6934
Keyword(s) Orientalism
Orientalism, Middle East
Fantasy
Game of Thrones
A Song of Ice and Fire
GRR Martin
Summary George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels (and their television adaption, Game of Thrones) have become arguably the most well known fantasy epic of the last decade. However, the world of A Song of Ice and Fire conforms to many of the same Orientalist tropes that have dominated Western literature since the popularisation of the 'Arabian fantasy' in the 18th and 19th centuries and its subsequent perpetuation in film and television. Derivative imaginings of the real world Middle East are commonly reflected in non-Earthly fantasy worlds and Martin's work incorporates this standard vision of the Eastern Other. Owing to its popularity, the A Song of Ice and Fire series represents a significant reinforcement of Orientalist stereotypes and proves that fantasy locations have significant power to cement these ideas in the popular imagination. Moreover, the negative portyal of the East in these works supports Said's argument that the Orient is an invention of the West, and that our depiction of the Other is a means of framing our own cultural superiority.
Language eng
Field of Research 190204 Film and Television
200506 North American Literature
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30072711

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