Update: The Maester's Chain: Essays on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire

full name / name of organization: 
Susan Johnston and Jes Battis, University of Regina

We have already received some fantastic essay proposals, but are still looking for abstracts in the following areas:

Animals (dire wolves, shape-shifting, animal consciousness)
Disability and/or monstrosity
Fan communities and texts
Food and cultures of consumption
Knowledge networks (maesters, ravens, print culture)
Languages (Old Valyrian, Dothraki, Braavosi, and others)
Magic and the supernatural
Race and ethnicity
Religions (monotheism, polytheism, other treatments of the sacred)
Sexualities (reproduction, queerness, eunuchism, prostitution, incest)
Songs and mummery


"A master forges his chain with study, he told me. The different metals are each a different kind of learning, gold for the study of money and accounts, silver for healing, iron for warcraft. And he said there were other meanings as well."

George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire (1991-), has produced a constellation of intertext: fan fiction, merchandise, artwork, graphic novels, and an acclaimed HBO television program. Many would argue that the series diverges from traditional epic fantasy, in its preoccupation with the grim realities of a medieval world. Martin's ambiguous treatment of the supernatural, and his interest in the radical failure of chivalry, has made A Song of Ice and Fire unique among fantasy texts. The success of HBO's Game of Thrones has created new fan communities, possibly reinvigorating the genre as a subject of critical inquiry, although there are significant differences between the source-text and its recent adaptation. Game of Thrones has also received as much criticism as acclaim, largely due to its presentation of sexuality and violence.

The submission deadline is December 15, 2012. Abstracts (500 – 1000 words, in .doc or .docx format) should be emailed to:


Completed chapters (20-25 pages, double-spaced) are due April 15, 2013.