This paper combines archaeological attention to the past (the Vikings and their material culture, beliefs and so on and a Žižekian fascination with Hollywood films to examine How to Train Your Dragon (2010), a 3-D animated film about Vikings for children.
To the person who is interested in Boucdica there are lots of good books; Boudicca's Rebellion Ad 60-61: The Britons Rise Up Against Rome (Campaign) by Nic Fields, Boudica: Dreaming The Eagle: Boudica 1 by Manda Scott (and 2), Boudicca (Ginn History Stories) by Jayne Woodhouse, Boudicca by M. J. Trow... These would be a good starting point, for background information, then check out the references for detailed texts :)
Congratulations on all of the exciting things coming up for you this summer! Can I ask what is the program through which you are volunteering? I work in international programs at my university so I like to keep volunteer programs in mind for students (and, maybe even myself). :)
Thank you, and yes, international volunteering workcamps are awesome, I’ve gone to a few (like 4 or 5) in the past, both here in Mexico as in Europe, and it’s an amazing way to travel and know new places and people (and it’s also amazingly cheap!).
The project which I`m going this summer is organized by an NGO called Open Houses, I think they don’t have a webpage. I made the arrangements to go via a Mexican volunteering organization called VIMEX, but there are organizations like this one all around the world (Volunteer Action for Peace in the UK, Solidarités Jeunesses in France, Volunteers for Peace in the US and Service Civil International worldwide, among many many others), so I recommend you look for an organization of this kind in your country and talk to them, usually the people involved in these kinds of things are really cool, kind and open.
It’s great you do this as an option for students, but you should definitely try it out for yourself, you will not regret it.
PS. I’m gonna publish this instead of answering privately so more people can know about it and experience it.
Since last year I’ve been saving to go to Europe this summer, and now it is a reality! I just bought my plane ticket :)
But I’m not just happy and exited because I’m going to Europe, the great thing is all the amazing stuff I’m gonna do there:
First I’m gonna do an international volunteer workcamp in Germany, restoring the medieval castle of Lohra, near Großlohra in Thuringia.
Then I’m probably going to visit Denmark with my father and afterwards spend a week in Paris with my grandma, uncle, aunt and cousins.
And later comes the best part: I’m going back to Sweden to attend the five week summer course at the Gotland Archeological Field School where I’m going to be excavating a Viking Age harbor called Paviken and learning all about vikings and archaeology!
I’m so exited and happy. I want it to be summer already!
I didn’t want to share this here ‘til it was certain, and now it is! I’ll keep posting about it and when I’m over there of course I’ll share the experience with you!
I believe that the historical accounts of Boudicca were recorded in Tacitus' "Agricola." Roman works must be taken with a grain of salt, especially when referring to the "barbarian" cultures of the day, but it's the actual historical account.
Yes, you always have to be careful when reading classical authors’ (Romans and Greeks) accounts on “barbarian” cultures.