Myth and Theory: Where is The Point?

Karen Moffat Bek-Pedersen

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheorizing Old Norse Myth
EditorsStefan Brink, Lisa Collinson
Place of Publication Turnhout
PublisherBrepols Publishers
Pages33-46
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-503-55421-1
ISBN (Print)978-2-503-55303-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018

Publication series

NameActa Scandinavica
PublisherBrepols
Volume7

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Keywords

  • Old Norse mythology
  • Myths

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Bek-Pedersen, K. M. (2018). Myth and Theory: Where is The Point? In S. Brink, & L. Collinson (Eds.), Theorizing Old Norse Myth (pp. 33-46). (Acta Scandinavica; Vol. 7). Turnhout : Brepols Publishers. https://doi.org/10.1484/M.AS-EB.5.109618

Myth and Theory : Where is The Point? / Bek-Pedersen, Karen Moffat.

Theorizing Old Norse Myth. ed. / Stefan Brink; Lisa Collinson. Turnhout : Brepols Publishers, 2018. p. 33-46 (Acta Scandinavica; Vol. 7).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Bek-Pedersen, KM 2018, Myth and Theory: Where is The Point? in S Brink & L Collinson (eds), Theorizing Old Norse Myth. Acta Scandinavica, vol. 7, Brepols Publishers, Turnhout , pp. 33-46. https://doi.org/10.1484/M.AS-EB.5.109618
Bek-Pedersen KM. Myth and Theory: Where is The Point? In Brink S, Collinson L, editors, Theorizing Old Norse Myth. Turnhout : Brepols Publishers. 2018. p. 33-46. (Acta Scandinavica). https://doi.org/10.1484/M.AS-EB.5.109618
Bek-Pedersen, Karen Moffat. / Myth and Theory : Where is The Point?. Theorizing Old Norse Myth. editor / Stefan Brink ; Lisa Collinson. Turnhout : Brepols Publishers, 2018. pp. 33-46 (Acta Scandinavica).
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