This essay explores the usefulness and limitations of constructing and applying various theories to a given body of myths. Taking Old Norse mythology - as this has survived into the present - as the main example, the central argument is that scholars must maintain an openness to the fact that any one theory has limitations and that myths, by their nature, will always extend beyond any one interpretation and remain open to multiple readings. The article makes a case for interdisciplinary cooperation as a very reasonable way forward in the study of myth.
|Title of host publication||Theorizing Old Norse Myth|
|Editors||Stefan Brink, Lisa Collinson|
|Place of Publication||Turnhout |
|Number of pages||14|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9782503554211 |
|ISBN (Print)||9782503553030 , 2503553036|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|