National mythologies: theoretical reflections, empirical applications.

Karner, Christian (2020) National mythologies: theoretical reflections, empirical applications. In: Contemporary Austrian Studies,. University of New Orleans Press, pp. 21-42. ISBN 9781608011742

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This introduction to a special issue of Contemporary Austrian Studies offers necessary definitional and conceptual groundwork and engagement with a range of influential scholarship on myth(ology), sampled from a diversity of disciplinary perspectives. Providing a framework for the ensuing contributions, my discussion unfolds around three sets of issues. First, I offer a brief reexamination of the vexed question about the interrelations between myth-making and history-writing. This is followed by an outline of alternative analytical questions to be put to public, myth-like representations of the past (i.e., questions about their functions, uses, and [perceived] plausibility). Finally, I trace a recent conceptual shift from mythologies to “national mythscapes,” arguing that the latter provide a more accurate lens through which to view relevant materials, in Austria as elsewhere. Throughout this discussion, I interweave conceptual propositions with relevant empirical illustrations, thereby setting the tone for our Austrian case studies in the contributions to follow.

Keywords:Austria, mythology, nationalism, epistemology
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V220 European History
L Social studies > L380 Political Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:40960
Deposited On:07 Jul 2020 13:36

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