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Trope Watchers

We are Trope Watchers, the podcast about pop culture and why it matters. Join Mia and Scott as we tackle a different topic and case study, and find new ways to be critical of the pop culture we love.

From the Archives: Why is Gaston a villain, but Ross and Ted “Nice Guys”? Trope Watchers – Scholarly Pop Culture Criticism

At listener request, here is a re-upload of one of our most popular early episodes released back in 2017. We have no guests in this episode—it's just Scott and Mia (somewhat) affectionately hating on some terrible pop culture men.
  1. From the Archives: Why is Gaston a villain, but Ross and Ted “Nice Guys”?
  2. Disability in Game of Thrones (a lecture excerpt from The University of Sydney)
  3. Sydney’s Drag King Scene and Chemsex Between Men (with Dr Kerryn Drysdale)
  4. Interventionism and Burnham's Three Mummies in Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 (with Dr Tim Steains)
  5. Zombies, Pop Culture, and Pedagogy (with Dr Arnold T Blumberg)

A Clash of Critics

Welcome to A Clash of Critics, your scholarly podcast about George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. Join us for deep critical analysis of the series informed by different theoretical frameworks.

Romantic and Barbaric Medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire (Sansa II, AGoT) A Clash of Critics – Scholarly Criticism About A Song of Ice and Fire

In this episode we are joined by special guest Dr Shiloh Carroll to chat about medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire, and explore how Sansa II sets up Martin's ideas about "romantic" vs "barbaric" medievalism. You can find Shiloh at shilohcarroll.wordpress.com and on Twitter @medievalismish. Shiloh's book Medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones is available now.   Mentioned in this episode: Carroll, S., 2018. Medievalism in a Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones (Vol. 12). Boydell & Brewer. Eco, U. 1973, Travels in Hyperreality. Trans. William Weaver. Harcourt, San Diego. Pugh, T. and A.J. Weisl. 2013, Medievalisms: Making the Past in the Present. Routledge, New York NotACast PodCast. 2018, “A Game of Thrones, Sansa II: ‘Better than the Songs.’” https://notacastasoiaf.podbean.com/e/episode-29-a-game-of-thrones-sansa-ii-better-than-the-songs-with-special-guest-chloe-aka-liesandarbor/  Young, Helen. 2012, ““‘It’s the Middle Ages, Yo!’: Race, Neo/medievalisms, and the World of Dragon Age.” Year’s Work in Medievalism 27 Young, Helen. 2016, Race and Popular Fantasy Literature: Habits of Whiteness. Routledge, New York Ferreday, D., 2015. Game of Thrones, rape culture and feminist fandom. Australian Feminist Studies, 30(83), pp.21-36.   You can support us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tropewatchers. If you enjoyed A Clash of Critics, check out our flagship podcast, Trope Watchers, the podcast about pop culture and why it matters: tropewatchers.com. CW: A Clash of Critics frequently discusses issues such as violence, abuse, sexual assault, bigotry, and other sensitive topics.
  1. Romantic and Barbaric Medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire (Sansa II, AGoT)
  2. "Sleepy with Wine and Tired of Doom": Slum Tourism at the Wall (Tyrion III, AGoT)
  3. Understanding Genre in A Song of Ice and Fire (Eddard IV, AGoT)
  4. "Lord Snow'": Class, Privilege and Ideology (Jon III, AGoT)
  5. The Place-Making of King's Landing (Cat IV, AGoT)