Inside HBO's Game of Thrones by Bryan Cogman

By Bryan Cogman

HBO's Game of Thrones reigns as cable's highest-rated sequence. This professional significant other e-book supplies enthusiasts new how one can input this fictional international and observe extra concerning the liked (and reviled) characters and the electrifying plotlines. hundreds and hundreds of set photographs, creation and dress designs, storyboards, and insider tales show how the show's creators translated George R. R. Martin's best-selling myth sequence into the area of Westeros. that includes interviews with key actors and team participants that trap the simplest scripted and unscripted moments from the 1st seasons, in addition to a preface by means of George R. R. Martin, this distinctive quantity, sure in a lavishly debossed padded disguise, bargains particular entry to this unparalleled tv sequence.

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Judith Butler has described gender identity as performative, noting that social reality is not a given but is continually created as an illusion “through language, gesture, and all manner of symbolic social sign” (see Judith Butler, “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory,” in Performing Feminisms: Feminist Critical Theory and Theatre, ed. Sue-Ellen Case [Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990], 270). In this sense, class might also be seen as performative, in that people act out their perceived class location not only FRAMING CLASS, VICARIOUS LIVING, AND CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION 45 in terms of their own class-related identity but in regard to how they treat other people, based on their perceived class position.

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