The first substantial collection of essays about the trickster since 1955
Mythical Trickster Figures, is the first substantial collection of essays about the trickster to appear since Radin’s 1955 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.
The many humorous trickster stories included are fascinating in themselves, but Hynes and Doty also 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.
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INTRODUCING THE FASCINATING AND PERPLEXING TRICKSTER FIGURE
HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF THEORETICAL ISSUES: THE PROBLEM OF THE TRICKSTER
MAPPING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF MYTHIC TRICKSTERS: A HEURISTIC GUIDE
A LIFETIME OF TROUBLE-MAKING: HERMES AS TRICKSTER
THE MYTH OF THE TRICKSTER: THE NECESSARY BREAKER OF TABOOS
THE SHAMAN AND THE TRICKSTER
THE EXCEPTION WHO PROVES THE RULES: ANANSE THE AKAN TRICKSTER
WEST AFRICAN TRICKSTERS: WEB OF PURPOSE, DANCE OF DELIGHT
A JAPANESE MYTHIC TRICKSTER FIGURE: SUSA-NO-0
SAINT PETER: APOSTLE TRANSFIGURED INTO TRICKSTER
THE MORAL IMAGINATION OF THE ICAGURU: SOME THOUGHTS ON TRICKSTERS, TRANSLATION AND COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS
INHABITING THE SPACE BETWEEN DISCOURSE AND
STORY IN TRICKSTER NARRATIVES
INCONCLUSIVE CONCLUSIONS: TRICKSTERS, METAPLAYERS AND REVEALERS
William J. Hynes is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California.
William G. Doty is Professor of Religious Studies at The University of Alabama and the author of Mythography: The Study of Myths and Rituals also published by The University of Alabama Press.