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Mythical Trickster Figures: Contours, Contexts, and Criticisms
edited by William J. Hynes and William G. Doty
University of Alabama Press, 1997
eISBN: 978-0-8173-8285-8 | Paper: 978-0-8173-0857-5 | Cloth: 978-0-8173-0599-4
Library of Congress Classification GR524.M96 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 291.213


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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