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Thomas A. Prendergast and Stephanie Trigg

in a way that has the effect of breaking down some of the more formal academic hierarchies and disciplinary distinctions that have often set medieval and medievalism studies at odds with each other. And in a most conspicuous example, the HBO television series Game of Thrones , based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire , regularly brings scholars and fans into the immediacy of online

in Affective medievalism
Thomas A. Prendergast and Stephanie Trigg

, dramatic and most influential examples of a phenomenon we call ‘portal medievalism’: fictions that foreground the mode of entry into (or out of) medieval space and time. Where medievalist fantasies such as The Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones present worlds whose medievalist mise-en-scène is utterly self-contained, portal medievalism is structured more literally around the transition from one

in Affective medievalism