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Author Jackson, William J. (William Joseph), 1943- author.

Title American tricksters : thoughts on the shadow side of a culture's psyche / William J. Jackson ; foreword by Peter Thuesen.

Publication Info. Eugene, Oregon : Cascade Books, [2014]


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Description 1 online resource (265 pages) : illustrations
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents 1. Yesterday: tricksters in America's past -- 2. Today: fifteen kinds of tricksters in America -- 3. Tomorrow: lessons we need to learn from trickster -- Notes -- Appendix 1. On archetypes -- Appendix 2. Some American stories about con men -- Appendix 3. On masks and head coverings -- Appendix 4. On the clown in America -- Appendix 5. On mortgage fraud and other cons -- Appendix 6. George W. Bush as painter -- Appendix 7. On torture.
Summary "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."--Publisher's website.
Note Print version record.
Subject Tricksters -- United States -- History.
Tricksters in motion pictures.
Tricksters on television.
Tricksters in literature.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Folklore & Mythology.
Tricksters. (OCoLC)fst01156644
Tricksters in literature. (OCoLC)fst01156646
Tricksters in motion pictures. (OCoLC)fst01904982
Tricksters on television. (OCoLC)fst01747813
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Electronic books.
Added Author Thuesen, Peter Johannes, 1971- writer of foreword.
Other Form: Print version: Jackson, William J. (William Joseph), 1943- American tricksters. Eugene, Oregon : Cascade Books, 2014 1625647905 (OCoLC)899159742
ISBN 9781630877330 (electronic book)
1630877336 (electronic book)
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