Vying for the Iron Throne: Essays on Power, Gender, Death, and Performance in Game of Thrones. 2018. Co-editor with Sara Brady. McFarland. North Carolina: McFarland.
Game of Thrones has changed the landscape of television during an era hailed as the Golden Age of TV. An adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy A Song of Fire and Ice, the HBO series has taken on a life of its own with original plotlines that advance past those of Martin’s books. The death of protagonist Ned Stark at the end of Season One launched a killing spree in television—major characters now die on popular shows weekly. While many shows kill off characters for pure shock value, death on Game of Thrones produces seismic shifts in power dynamics—and resurrected bodies that continue to fight. This collection of new essays explores how power, death, gender, and performance intertwine in the series.
Shortly after the release of the book, I wrote a blog post called “Winning the Game of Books” on Medium, which can be found here.