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VoK 76: Metanarrative in the Game of Thrones (Part 2) – Martin and Tolkien


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In this followup episode to VoK 23, Valkyrist continues to look at postmodern theory in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. However, where part 1 dealt with the story and characters, part 2 focuses on structure, and how Martin’s fantasy texts contrast with the more traditional writing of J. R. R. Tolkien.

Contains spoilers for all published books in A Song of Ice and Fire

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Written and Edited by Valkyrist
Music from HBO’s Game of Thrones soundtrack

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Links:
The Postmodern Condition: A Report on the Understanding of Knowledge (by Jean-François Lyotard)
VoK 23: Metanarrative in A Game of Thrones (Part 1)

VoK 44: Fight Club (1999) and Truth-Procedures


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In this mini-episode, Valkyrist discusses the philosophy of ethics within David Fincher’s Fight Club. Specifically, how Alain Badiou’s theory of the “truth-procedure” is manifested by the characters.

Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Fight Club, and some explicit language.

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Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil (by Alain Badiou)

VoK 23: Metanarrative in the Game of Thrones


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In this mini-episode, Valkyrist discusses postmodernism within George R. R. Martin’s fantasy series, and the various ways in which “metanarratives” are explored and challenged.

Contains spoilers for the first three books of A Song of Ice and Fire, and some minor spoilers regarding the emotional states of two characters in book 5.

Credits:
Written and Edited by Valkyrist
Closing music taken from Malukah’s YouTube channel

Episode 23:
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The Postmodern Condition: A Report on the Understanding of Knowledge (by Jean-François Lyotard)