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Vikings in cinema: a case study of How to Train Your Dragon
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland.
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Zizek Studies, ISSN 1751-8229, Vol. 7, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Archaeologists have been interested in Hollywood films for a number of decades. Initially, their attention was focused on cinema’s misperception of the practice of archaeology and the subject under study (the past). Every film is, to use a Hegelian distinction, a story in itself, presenting a  more or less coherent story. At the same time, each film is for itself: a meta-film (meta-story) which reflects on and encapsulates the context within which it was made. In this paper these two levels of cinema are scrutinised in relation to How to Train Your Dragon (2010), an animation about Vikings and dragons. The paper aims to show how the (imaginable) past is used to both mask and stage tensions of contemporary politics. 

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University of Leeds, Institute of Communications Studies , 2013. Vol. 7, no 4
Keyword [en]
Archaeology, cinema, ideology, story, meta-story, archaeological open-air museums, historical re-enactment
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Archaeology Studies on Film
Research subject
Humanities, Archaeology
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-31361OAI: diva2:682987
Available from: 2014-01-01 Created: 2014-01-01 Last updated: 2015-05-27Bibliographically approved

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