UVA Professor Teaches Class on Game of Thrones

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Students suffering from Game of Thrones withdrawal got one last chance at a fix this summer at the University of Virginia.

Millions know the Sunday night music and even more have read the hit book series, but now the battle for the iron throne has invaded the classroom at the UVA. Professor Lisa Woolfork taught a course on Game of Thrones.

"I feel as though George R.R. Martin's work has generated a cultural phenomenon,” Woolfork said.

As soon as the word got out, students were frantically trying to sign up, but just 24 students were able to. The Game of Thrones class, which just wrapped up this summer, taught the ins and outs of the seven kingdoms. While the plot is fascinating for many, the class was by no means easy.

"The students did not just watch Game of Thrones; these students worked very hard,” Woolfork said.

The four-week course focused on the first book and the first three seasons of the magical storyline. It was an intensive look at the transition from text to the screen. "To have this narrative basis for this class allows us to think about what goes on in the background. What kind of deliberate choices are producers and showrunners making when they create the product that's now become so popular?” Woolfork said.

The series is known for killing off characters, but this class isn't dying anytime soon. The course will likely be making another debut in the fall or spring semester.

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