My research focuses on the identity and representation of otherness within the TV show, Game of Thrones. The highly complex narrative incorporates a wide range of characters that may typically be labelled as Other, including women, the disabled, the illegitimate and fantastical creatures. In Game of Thrones, the status quo of patriarchal society is removed by the end of the first series, thus leaving a vacuum in which the Others essentially move from the margins to the centre in the absence of power. This then lends itself to a critical analysis of the dynamics of power and competing interests in the political and cultural arenas within the parameters of the show’s 21st century context.
Ultimately, my research will utilise a framework incorporating monster theory, the monstrous feminine and abjection to determine the extent to which the Other is normalised via the deliberate subversion of 21st century social and cultural norms and ideals in the absence of a status quo.