Mythical Trickster Figures; Contours, Contexts, and Criticisms / Edition 1

Mythical Trickster Figures; Contours, Contexts, and Criticisms / Edition 1

by William J. Hynes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0817308571

ISBN-13: 9780817308575

Pub. Date: 01/28/1997

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

Mythical Trickster Figures is the first substantial collection of essays about the trickster figure since Paul Radin's influential 1955 publication of The Trickster. Contributions by leading scholars treat a wide range of manifestations of this mischievous character, ranging from the Coyote of the American Southwest to such African figures as Eshu-Elegba and Ananse,…  See more details below

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Mythical Trickster Figures is the first substantial collection of essays about the trickster figure since Paul Radin's influential 1955 publication of The Trickster. Contributions by leading scholars treat a wide range of manifestations of this mischievous character, ranging from the Coyote of the American Southwest to such African figures as Eshu-Elegba and Ananse, the Japanese Susa-no-o, the Greek Hermes, Christian adaptations of Saint Peter, and examples found in contemporary American fiction and drama. Original essays by authors known for their work on trickster figures provide resources for comprehending the nature of the phenomenon and challenge some previous interpretations. The contributors include T.O. Beidelman, Anne Doueihi, Robert S. Ellwood, Laura Makarius, Robert D. Pelton, Mac Linscott Ricketts, Thomas J. Steele, S.J., Christopher Vecsey, as well as the editors. Several contributors deconstruct earlier comparativist works in favor of culture-specific analysis and provide for a grasp of the transcultural qualities of the trickster myths and figures that appear in the local mythologies of different societies. The many humorous trickster stories included are fascinating in themselves, and Hynes and Doty highlight the wide range of features of the trickster - the figure whose comic appearance often signifies that the most serious cultural values are being both challenged and enforced. Mythical Trickster Figures moves away from earlier studies that considered the figure merely "primitive" or located in the basement of the human psyche suggesting instead that the spirit of metaplay is crucial to human and social maturation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817308575
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
Publications of the American Dialect Society Series, #79
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
1,283,262
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND PERMISSIONS,
ONE William J. Hynes and William G. Doty INTRODUCING THE FASCINATING AND PERPLEXING TRICKSTER FIGURE,
TWO William G. Doty and William J. Hynes HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF THEORETICAL ISSUES: THE PROBLEM OF THE TRICKSTER,
THREE William J. Hynes MAPPING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF MYTHIC TRICKSTERS: A HEURISTIC GUIDE,
FOUR William G. Doty A LIFETIME OF TROUBLE-MAKING: HERMES AS TRICKSTER,
FIVE Laura Makarius THE MYTH OF THE TRICKSTER: THE NECESSARY BREAKER OF TABOOS,
SIX Mac Linscott Ricketts THE SHAMAN AND THE TRICKSTER,
SEVEN Christopher Vecsey THE EXCEPTION WHO PROVES THE RULES: ANANSE THE AKAN TRICKSTER,
EIGHT Robert D. Pelton WEST AFRICAN TRICKSTERS: WEB OF PURPOSE, DANCE OF DELIGHT,
NINE Robert S. Ellwood A JAPANESE MYTHIC TRICKSTER FIGURE: SUSA-NO-O,
TEN William J. Hynes and Thomas J. Steele, S.J. SAINT PETER: APOSTLE TRANSFIGURED INTO TRICKSTER,
ELEVEN T. O. Beidelman THE MORAL IMAGINATION OF THE KAGURU: SOME THOUGHTS ON TRICKSTERS, TRANSLATION AND COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS,
TWELVE Anne Doueihi INHABITING THE SPACE BETWEEN DISCOURSE AND STORY IN TRICKSTER NARRATIVES,
THIRTEEN William J. Hynes INCONCLUSIVE CONCLUSIONS: TRICKSTERS—METAPLAYERS AND REVEALERS,
NOTES,
BIBLIOGRAPHY,
CONTRIBUTORS,
INDEX,

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