9. On Myth and Politics

Explaining Myth - Robert A Segal

Robert A Segal [+-]
University of Aberdeen
Sixth Century Chair in Religious Studies University of Aberdeen


Then in this section Segal considers Robert Ellwood’s The Politics of Myth, which likewise sees myth as political. Ellwood maintains that many theorists see myth as supporting one group over another. He means not merely one nation over another but also one period over another--notably, modern over primitive or primitive over modern. As with Lincoln, so with Ellwood: he goes too far in politicizing theories.

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Segal, Robert. 9. On Myth and Politics. Explaining Myth. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2021. ISBN 9781781798645. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=37563. Date accessed: 12 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37563. Oct 2021

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