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Mythical trickster figures : contours, contexts, and criticisms

By: Hynes, William J. ed
Contributor(s): Doty, William G., 1939- , ed
Material type: TextTextTuscaloosa, AL University of Alabama Press c1993Description: x, 265p.; bibliog. refs.; bibliog.; indexContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volume ISBN: 0817305998Subject(s): Trickster | Animals, MythicalLOC classification: GR524 .M96 1993
Contents:
1 William J. Hynes and William G. Doty - Introducing the fascinating and perplexing trickster figure. 2 William G. Doty and William J. Hynes - Historical overview of theoretical issues: the problem of the trickster. 3 William J. Hynes - Mapping the characteristics of mythic tricksters: a heuristic guide. 4 William G. Doty - A lifetime of trouble-making: Hermes as trickster. 5 Laura Makarius - The myth of the trickster: the necessary breaker of taboos. 6 Mac Linscott Ricketts - The shaman and the trickster. 7 Christopher Vecsey - The exception who proves the rules: Ananse the Akan trickster. 8 Robert D. Pelton - West African tricksters: web of purpose, dance of delight. 9 Robert S. Ellwood - A Japanese mythic trickster figure: Susa-no-o. 10 William J. Hynes and Thomas J Steele - Saint Peter: apostle transfigured into trickster. 11 T.O. Beidelman - The moral imagination of the Kaguru: some thoughts on tricksters, translation and comparative analysis. 12 Anne Doueihi - Inhabiting the space between discourse and story in trickster narratives. 13 William J. Hynes - Inconclusive conclusions: tricksters--metaplayers and revealers
Abstract: '...contributes significantly to the literature of this important subject. It presents in a single volume a variety of approaches and draws upon a wide veriety of cultures. The introductory chapters, which develop typologies and grapple with methodological issues, together with the bibliography give the book lasting value.'
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1 William J. Hynes and William G. Doty - Introducing the fascinating and perplexing trickster figure. 2 William G. Doty and William J. Hynes - Historical overview of theoretical issues: the problem of the trickster. 3 William J. Hynes - Mapping the characteristics of mythic tricksters: a heuristic guide. 4 William G. Doty - A lifetime of trouble-making: Hermes as trickster. 5 Laura Makarius - The myth of the trickster: the necessary breaker of taboos. 6 Mac Linscott Ricketts - The shaman and the trickster. 7 Christopher Vecsey - The exception who proves the rules: Ananse the Akan trickster. 8 Robert D. Pelton - West African tricksters: web of purpose, dance of delight. 9 Robert S. Ellwood - A Japanese mythic trickster figure: Susa-no-o. 10 William J. Hynes and Thomas J Steele - Saint Peter: apostle transfigured into trickster. 11 T.O. Beidelman - The moral imagination of the Kaguru: some thoughts on tricksters, translation and comparative analysis. 12 Anne Doueihi - Inhabiting the space between discourse and story in trickster narratives. 13 William J. Hynes - Inconclusive conclusions: tricksters--metaplayers and revealers

'...contributes significantly to the literature of this important subject. It presents in a single volume a variety of approaches and draws upon a wide veriety of cultures. The introductory chapters, which develop typologies and grapple with methodological issues, together with the bibliography give the book lasting value.'

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