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 PublicationTurnhout
PublisherBrepols Publishers
Pages33-46
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9782503554211
ISBN (Print)9782503553030 , 2503553036
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameActa Scandinavica
PublisherBrepols Publishers
Volume7
ISSN (Print)2466-586X
ISSN (Electronic)2565-9170

Keywords

  • Old Norse mythology
  • Myths

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    Bek-Pedersen, K. M. (2017). Myth and Theory: Where is The Point? In S. Brink, & L. Collinson (Eds.), Theorizing Old Norse Myth (pp. 33-46). (Acta Scandinavica; Vol. 7). Brepols Publishers. https://doi.org/10.1484/M.AS-EB.5.109618