Game of Thrones isn’t any other TV show anymore, it’s a cultural phenomenon now. Based on George R. R. Martin‘s work, the show is considered to be one of the finest works of fantasy, after Lord of the Rings. Now, we know that Game of Thrones is popular enough to be referred in any discussion about any topic, ever, but the popularity of the franchise is soaring to new levels now. So much so, that Harvard, one of the top colleges in the U.S., and worldwide, are now offering a new Game of Thrones based course. Read on!
A recent report by TIME talks about a new course by Harvard professors, coming this fall. The course is about real medieval history, and will be called “The Real Game of Thrones: From Modern Myths to Medieval Models.” The class will be conducted by Sean Gilsdorf, Administrative Director and Lecturer on Medieval Studies, along with Racha Kirakosian, assistant professor of German and the Study of Religion. A description provided by Gilsdorf says that the course will follow how Game of Thrones “echoes and adapts, as well as distorts the history and culture of the ‘medieval world’ of Eurasia from c. 400 to 1500 CE” by exploring ” a set of archetypal characters at the heart of Game of Thrones — the king, the good wife, the second son, the adventurer, and so on — with distinct analogues in medieval history, literature, religion, and legend.”
We previously reported how UC Berkeley was offering a Game of Thrones language course, but Harvard offering a course related to Game of Thrones is another level altogether.
Gilsdorf also said that the medieval biographies of queens will serve as the base of the course. Kirakosian is expecting the introductory course to bring in more students into medieval studies, at a time when the general interest in humanities courses is on a decline. She had the idea of designing the course after she was made to watch the show by her former students at Oxford, and realized that the show had a fair amount of relevance to the subject.
The course starts this fall. Would you like to attend it? Tell us in the comments, down below!