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Women and Girls in Popular Television in the Age of Post-Feminism
  • ISSN: 1601-829X
  • E-ISSN: 2040-0586

Abstract

Joseph Campbell’s is a classic for the analysis of the archetypal hero’s journey, and contemporary TV series use his to elaborate character profiles. Such is the case of the corpus of our work: , the TV adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s saga A Song of Ice and Fire. Amid the multiple relevant figures in , this article takes Arya Stark as the object of study to discuss questions of representation and gender in contemporary TV. Our method comprises the close reading of Arya’s narrative arc and our main unit of analysis is the gender variable, placed in an intersectional frame. We argue that Arya fits the nuclear structure of the monomyth, but also that she challenges its constrictions, pushes its limits and rewrites some of its elements to create a post-gender version of the Campbellian adventure. Through a succession of extremely intense experiences, Arya is the character that most painstakingly earns and most adamantly vindicates her self-constructed identity in . Hers, we contend, is a feminist journey that has broken moulds in audio-visual narrative and left a deep trace in the history of contemporary television.

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