"You Win or You Die": The Royal Flush of Power in Game of Thrones.
Author(s) Walton, Priscilla L.
Publication year 2019
Publication name Canadian Review of American Studies
Material typeAcademic journal

A Song of Ice and Fire provides a plethora of ideologies and governmentalities, and, in this article, I explore their strengths and weaknesses. Using a Foucauldian analysis to trace the divergent modes of governmentality apparent in Martin's texts, I demonstrate how fruitful the series is for conveying the complexities of various systems of governance, including feudalism, imperialism, and democracy.

Keyword(s)SONG of Ice & Fire book series, MARTIN, George R. R., 1948-, FOUCAULT, Michel, 1926-1984, GOVERNMENTALITY, IMPERIALISM in literature, DEMOCRACY in literature, FEUDALISM in literature, POLITICS in literature
Author affiliation(s)
1Canadian Review of American Studies, 2Research Centre for American Studies, Carleton University

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