Representation of Rape in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders

Extrapolation (2019), 60, (1), 1–22.


Noting that the motif of rape frequently appears in fantasy literature, this essay investigates its use in A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin and The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb. Reading these narratives within the context of the feminist writing on the representation of rape, a comparative analysis is carried out to determine whether they conform or subvert the “traditional” rape script. While Martin’s narrative, despite featuring strong female characters, adheres to the “traditional” rape script that focuses on brutal violence and the perspective of the perpetrator, Hobb’s novels seem to reframe this pattern by shifting emphasis to the survivor and actually redefining what rape is.

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Borowska-Szerszun, Sylwia