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Master Thesis

Les ambivalences de Game of Thrones : procédés sexistes, empowerment féminin et rape culture

Abstract : Game of Thrones, HBO's critical and international public triumph, is emblematic of the channel's identity, as much for its claim of "quality" treatment of film content as for its reputation of sexist tendencies. As the eighth and final season of the initial series approaches, Game of Thrones distinguished itself with its multiple controversies related to the pervasiveness of female nudity, sex and rape in asymmetric treatments, but also with its supposedly subversive representations of empowerment and "strong" female characters. This fundamental ambivalence, particularly infused by the generic horizon of expectation of fantasy and by the process of adapting George Martin's original work, is at the heart of my thought process. From a gender studies perspective, this Master’s thesis articulates the polysemic, ambiguous and ambivalent discourses conveyed by the diegetic representations, the promotional paratext of the show and the multiple uses and re-appropriations found in different discursive spaces of reception. The analysis of the ideological substratum of these interactions, but also of the marketing and institutional logics that motivate them, thus testifies of Game of Thrones as a universe of discourse that conveys a certain number of contemporary asymmetric and hegemonic social constructs.
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Sylvain Letailleur. Les ambivalences de Game of Thrones : procédés sexistes, empowerment féminin et rape culture. Art et histoire de l'art. 2018. ⟨dumas-02886078⟩



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