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Troubling tricksters : revisioning critical conversations / Deanna Reder and Linda M. Morra, editors
Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c2010
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PR9188.2.I54 T76 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Tricksters -- North America
Tricksters in literature
Folk literature, Indian -- North America -- History and criticism
Indians of North America -- Folklore
Indians of North America -- Social life and customs
Physical Description xii, 335 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents What's the trouble with the trickster?: an introduction -- Trickster reflections: part I -- Trickster moment, cultural appropriation, and the liberal imagination in Canada -- The anti-trickster in the work of Sheila Watson, Mordecai Richler, and Gail Anderson-Dargatz -- Why ravens smile to little old ladies as they walk by ... -- Gasps, snickers, narrative tricks, and deceptive dominant ideologies: the transformative energies of Richard Van Camp's "Why Ravens Smile to Little Old Ladies as They Walk By ... and in the classroom -- A conversation with Christopher Kientz -- Personal totems -- Dances with Rigoureau -- Naapi in my world -- Sacred stories in comic book form: a Cree reading of Darkness Calls -- "Coyote Sees The Prime Minister" and Coyote Goes to Toronto" -- Excerpt from Indigenous Storybook: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit -- (Re) nationalizing Naanabozho: Anishinaabe Sacred Stories, nationalist literary criticism, and scholarly responsibility -- Quincentennial trickster poetics: Lenore Keeshig-Tobias's "Trickster Beyond 1992: Our Relationship" (1992) and Annharte Baker's "Coyote Columbus Cafe" (1994) -- Trickster reflections: part II -- Processual encounters of the transformative kind: Spiderwoman Theatre, trickster, and the first act of "survivance" -- Diasporic violences, uneasy friendships, and The Kappa Child -- " How I spent my summer vacation": history, story, and the cant of authenticity
Review "Troubling Tricksters is a collection of theoretical essays, creative pieces, and critical ruminations that provides a revisioning of trickster criticism in light of recent backlash against it. The complaints of some Indigenous writers, the critique from Indigenous nationalist critics, and the changing of academic fashion have resulted in few new studies on the trickster. One of the objectives of this anthology, then, is to encourage scholarship that is mindful of the critic's responsibility to communities, and to focus discussions on incarnations of tricksters in their particular national contexts. Troubling Tricksters offers a timely counterbalance to the growing critical lacuna and proposes new approaches to trickster studies, approaches that have been clearly influenced by the nationalists' call for cultural and historical specificity."--BOOK JACKET
Series Indigenous studies series
Alternate Author Morra, Linda M
Reder, Deanna, 1963-

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