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Archetypy (nie)kobiecości w uniwersum Pieśni lodu i ognia
Archetypes of (non-)Femininity in the Universe of A Song of Ice and Fire

Author(s): Justyna Skrzypnik
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The starting point for the analysis of the representations of femininity in Game of Thrones is the diagnosis of the declarative and real image of the social order in the depicted world. What is examined is the image of the three-person female deity – the Mother, the Maiden, and the Crone – in the pantheon of gods of Westeros and its influence on the construction of the world, grounded upon parallel sets of binary oppositions. The reinterpretation of Jung’s concept of the anima in the Mother, the Maiden, and the Crone as shown in the novels points to the impossibility of reviving the chivalry. The model that embraces Martin’s embodiments of female archetypes is the queen, in whom the aspects of the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone are combined both synchronically and diachronically. The image of the queen in the novels, exemplified by Daenerys Targaryen, is analysed in the light of two rites of passage determining the progress of transformation of the rational world into the supernatural and magical space.

  • Page Range: 89-119
  • Page Count: 31
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Language: Polish