The Scientific Study of Myth: Romantic Account of Symbolism and Mythology

21 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2015

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Anastasia Shalaeva

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: April 15, 2015

Abstract

The present study seeks to investigate the arrangement of the science of mythology at the turn of the 19th century, and an understanding of the scientific work, which enabled to consider mythology a discipline. The research in a case of interpretation of the notions of myth and symbol explores prerequisites and framework for the study. The findings of the research illustrate the role of the disciplinary argument and publishing strategies in the debates surrounding mythology’s conceptual bases. The research demonstrates that at the turn of the 19th century mythology was established both as a subject of research and as a discipline in its own right on the crossroads of disciplinary arguments, knowledge differentiation and knowledge distribution strategies.

Keywords: mythology as a discipline, symbolism, Romanticism, Georg Friedrich Creuzer, Enlightenment, history of humanities

JEL Classification: Z

Suggested Citation

Shalaeva, Anastasia, The Scientific Study of Myth: Romantic Account of Symbolism and Mythology (April 15, 2015). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 100/HUM/2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2594796 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2594796

Anastasia Shalaeva (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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