Mythical Trickster Figures

Author: William J. Hynes
Publisher: University Alabama Press
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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.

Mythical Trickster Figures

Author: Thomas Edward Murray
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817308571
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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. 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.

Drama als St rung

Author: Teresa Kovacs
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839435625
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»Aufstörung«, »Verstörung«, »Zerstörung« - damit wurde Jelineks dramatisches Schreiben von Beginn an belegt, ohne jedoch den Begriff der Störung zu definieren oder zu differenzieren. Ging es zunächst um die Zerstörung des bürgerlichen Dramas und Repräsentationstheaters, sucht das Sekundärdrama eine Auf- und Verstörung, ein komplexes Miteinander von Drama und »postdramatischem« Theatertext. Ausgehend von kommunikations-, medien-, kultur-, literatur- und theaterwissenschaftlichen Ansätzen beschreibt Teresa Kovacs erstmals Jelineks Ästhetik der Störung und zeigt, was passiert, wenn Jelineks Sekundärdramen auf ihre »Vorlagen«, auf Goethes »Urfaust« und Lessings »Nathan der Weise« treffen.

The Trickster Brain

Author: David Williams
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739143999
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The Trickster Brain: Neuroscience, Evolution, and Nature by David Williams looks at literature from an evolutionary, biological, and neurological perspective. He uses the Trickster character as he/she appears across cultures to demonstrate how stories reveal universal aspects of the biological mind. Williams brings together science and the humanities, demonstrating a critical way of approaching literature that incorporates scientific thought.

Comedy and Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible

Author: Melissa Jackson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199656770
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This book explores the Hebrew Bible for evidence of comedy and further asks how reading the Hebrew Bible through a comic "lens" might positively inform feminist interpretation. The exploration is conducted with a number of Hebrew Bible narratives, all of which prominently involve female characters.

Erfahren Benennen Verstehen

Author: Christina Niem
Publisher: Waxmann Verlag
ISBN: 3830985339
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In seiner wissenschaftlichen Arbeit hat sich Michael Simon neben anderem stets intensiv mit der Geschichte des Faches Kulturanthropologie/Volkskunde beschäftigt und konsequent einen selbstreflexiven ethnologischen Ansatz verfolgt. Bei aller kritischen Distanz ist es ihm immer daran gelegen, zu konstruktiven, diskursfähigen Ergebnissen zu kommen. Anlässlich seines 60. Geburtstages wird nun die Gelegenheit genutzt, aus den Forschungsfeldern, zu denen er im Laufe seiner Wissenschaftlerkarriere auf unterschiedlichste Weise Gesprächsangebote unterbreitet hat, ein Themenbukett zu präsentieren: Interkulturalität, Namenkunde, Fach- und Methodengeschichte, Medikalkulturforschung, Visuelle Anthropologie, Migration, Krieg und Alltag, Regionalforschung, Biografieforschung - um die wichtigsten zu nennen. Viele der Autorinnen und Autoren dieser Festschrift greifen in ihren Beiträgen die Anregungen zum wissenschaftlichen Austausch auf, andere verweisen auf thematische Schnittmengen zwischen den Arbeitsgebieten des zu Ehrenden und ihren eigenen wissenschaftlichen Interessen - Gemeinsamkeiten aufweisend und Fächergrenzen überschreitend.

On the Road to Baghdad Or Traveling Biculturalism

Author: Gönül Pultar
Publisher: New Academia Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 9780976704218
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About the Book This is a collection of essays on fiction written in English, Spanish, and Bengali that has emerged recently. This fiction is seen to reflect biculturalism, that is the amalgam of two cultures that are both hegemonic in their own ways. This approach provides insight into the works discussed by uncovering elements of the the seemingly "other," non-Euroculture, and elevates both cultures to the same level. Authors discussed in the essays include: Black British Caryl Phillips, Chicana Sandra Cisneros, Chinese American Maxine Hong Kingston, Cuban American Dolores Prida, Danish Izak Dinesen, Greek Americans Nikos Papandreou and Catherine Temma Davidson, Kenyan Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Japanese American John Okada, New Zealander Patricia Grace, Peruvian Jose Maria Arguedas, Turkish American Guneli Gun, and contemporary English-language Indian authors Vikram Chandra, Chitra B. Divakaruni, Attia Hosain, Manju Kapur, Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie, as well as Rabindranath Tagore. Praise "Perhaps only a decade ago, such an ambitious, world-spanning project would have seemed absurd outside a congress of anthropologists or bankers. Today, it represents a state-of-the-art sensibility reflecting the efforts of an equally vari- ous geocultural assembly of scholars. The implications for a community of readers not only interested in but competently sensitive to such far-flung narrative geographies is equally stunning." - William Boelhower, University of Padua. Italy. Author of Through a Glass Darkly, Ethnic Semiosis in American Literature.

American Tricksters

Author: William J. Jackson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630877336
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Tricksters are known by their deeds. Obviously not all the examples in American Tricksters are full-blown mythological tricksters like Coyote, Raven, or the Two Brothers found in Native American stories, or superhuman figures like the larger-than-life Davy Crockett of nineteenth-century tales. Newer expressions of trickiness do share some qualities with the Trickster archetype seen in myths. Rock stars who break taboos and get away with it, heroes who overcome monstrous circumstances, crafty folk who find a way to survive and thrive when the odds are against them, men making spectacles of themselves by feeding their astounding appetites in public--all have some trickster qualities. Each person, every living creature who ever faced an obstacle and needed to get around it, has found the built-in trickster impulse. Impasses turn the trickster gene on, or stimulate the trick-performing imagination--that's life. To explore the ways and means of trickster maneuvers can alert us to pitfalls, help us appreciate tricks that are entertaining, and aid us in fending off ploys which drain our resources and ruin our lives. Knowing more about the Trickster archetype in our psyches helps us be more self-aware.

Wild lives

Author: Terrie Waddell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317724038
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Wild/lives draws on myth, popular culture and analytical psychology to trace the machinations of 'trickster' in contemporary film and television. This archetypal energy traditionally gravitates toward liminal spaces – physical locations and shifting states of mind. By focusing on productions set in remote or isolated spaces, Terrie Waddell explores how key trickster-infused sites of transition reflect the psychological fragility of their willing and unwilling occupants. In differing ways, the selected texts – Deadwood, Grizzly Man, Lost, Solaris, The Biggest Loser, Amores Perros and Repulsion – all play with inner and outer marginality. As this study demonstrates, the dramatic potential of transition is not always geared toward resolution. Prolonging the anxiety of change is an increasingly popular option. Trickster moves within this wildness and instability to agitate a form of dialogue between conscious and unconscious processes. Waddell's imaginative interpretation of screen material and her original positioning of trickster will inspire students of media, cinema, gender and Jungian studies, as well as academics with an interest in the application of Post-Jungian ideas to screen culture.