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Inside a Game of Thrones college course

8/2/2014 10:00:00 AM ET
This summer, the University of Virginia offered a four-week course on A Game of Thrones, the first book in George R. R. Martin's bestselling series, and the HBO show that adapted it for television. The Wall Street Journal interviewed the professor and several students about the class, where topics ranged from the R+L=J theory to the nature of spoilers. This is not the first class to study GRRM's books, nor will it be the last. But do the books have enough literary merit to be the subject of a legitimate college course? Should it be more of an examination of media and fandom? Or does this just sound like a blow off class?

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