Trickster Lives: Culture and Myth in American Fiction

Trickster Lives: Culture and Myth in American Fiction

by Jeanne Campbell Reesman
     
 


At once criminal and savior, clown and creator, antagonist and mediator, the character of trickster has made frequent appearances in works by writers the world over. As Margaret Atwood observed, trickster gods "stand where the door swings open on its hinges and the horizon expands; they operate where things are joined together and, thus, can also fall apart." A… See more details below

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At once criminal and savior, clown and creator, antagonist and mediator, the character of trickster has made frequent appearances in works by writers the world over. As Margaret Atwood observed, trickster gods "stand where the door swings open on its hinges and the horizon expands; they operate where things are joined together and, thus, can also fall apart." A shaping force in American literature, trickster has appeared in such characters as Huckleberry Finn, Rinehart, Sula, and Nanapush. Usually a figure both culturally specific and transcendent, trickster leads the way to the unconscious, the concealed, and the seemingly unattainable.

Trickster Lives offers thirteen new and challenging interpretations of trickster in American writing, including essays on works by African American, Native American, Pacific Rim, and Latino writers, as well as an examination of trickster politics. This innovative collection of work conveys the trickster’s unmistakable imprint on the modern world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820322773
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Native American Tricksters: Literary Figuras of Community Transformers / William G. Doty
Kamapua'a: A Hawaiian Trickster / Nancy Alpert Mower
Brer Rabbit and His Cherokee Cousin: Moving Beyond Appropriation / Sandra K. Baringer
Deadpan Trickster: The American Humor of Huckleberry Finn / Sacvan Bercovitch
The Trickster God in "Roughing It" / Lawrence I. Berkove
John, Brer Rabbit, and Babo: The Trickster and Cultural Power in Melville and Joel Chandler Harris / R. Bruce Bickley Jr.
Tricksters and Shamans in Jack London's Short Stories / Gail Jones
Daring the Free Fall: Sula as Lilith / Debbie Lopez
The Trickster Metaphysics of Thylias Moss / Jay Winston
"Stop Making Sense": Trickster Variations in the Fiction of Louise Erdrich / Claudia Gutwirth
Turning Tricks: Trafficking in the Figure of the Latino / Maria DeGuzman
Where Are the Women Tricksters? / Lewis Hyde
Constitutional Allegory and Affirmative Action Babies: Stephen Carter's Talk of "Dissent" / Houston A. Baker Jr.
Selected Bibliography
Notes on Contributors
Index

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