American Tricksters: Thoughts on the Shadow Side of a by William J. Jackson,Peter Thuesen PDF

By William J. Jackson,Peter Thuesen

ISBN-10: 1498222501

ISBN-13: 9781498222501

ISBN-10: 1625647905

ISBN-13: 9781625647900

Tricksters are recognized through their deeds. evidently now not all of the examples in American Tricksters are full-blown mythological tricksters like Coyote, Raven, or the 2 Brothers present in local American tales, or superhuman figures just like the larger-than-life Davy Crockett of nineteenth-century stories. more moderen expressions of trickiness do percentage a few features with the Trickster archetype visible in myths. Rock stars who holiday taboos and escape with it, heroes who triumph over significant conditions, artful people who have the option to outlive and thrive while the percentages are opposed to them, males making spectacles of themselves through feeding their remarkable appetites in public--all have a few trickster characteristics. every body, each dwelling creature who ever confronted a disadvantage and had to get round it, has came upon the integrated trickster impulse. Impasses flip the trickster gene on, or stimulate the trick-performing imagination--that's lifestyles. To discover the methods and technique of trickster maneuvers can alert us to pitfalls, support us relish methods which are enjoyable, and reduction us in keeping off ploys which drain our assets and spoil our lives. figuring out extra concerning the Trickster archetype in our psyches is helping us be extra self-aware.

'"The human psyche's dynamics are intrinsically half trickster': so William Jackson tells us during this delightfully clever examine of a vintage American archetype. The fruit of his prodigious abilities as a scholarly hunter-gatherer along with his prepared insights as an interpreter, Professor Jackson's most recent ebook is an remarkable treasure for an individual attracted to the yank event and the primordial proposal styles that experience formed it."
--From the foreword by means of Peter Thuesen

"When you gaze right into a replicate, what do you spot? Does the trickster wink again? no matter if you assert convinced or no, William Jackson's ebook will tickle you. full of a motley workforce of con males, hucksters, coyotes, loons, and ravens, its tall stories and explorations of yankee attitudes are good crafted and hugely pleasing. American Tricksters illustrates how darkish edges can lighten your spirit whereas tweaking your humorous bone. yet pay attention! should you open this ebook, in addition to baying on the moon, chances are you'll by no means glance within the replicate (or see the US) a similar means again."
--Terry Marks-Tarlow, writer of Psyche's Veil

William J. Jackson grew up in Rock Island, Illinois, and studied performing at Goodman Theatre institution on the paintings Institute of Chicago. He earned his PhD in comparative faith at Harvard collage. He taught at Indiana University-Purdue college Indianapolis for a few years and is the writer of numerous books approximately South Indian tradition. He has additionally written a booklet approximately fractal geometry in cultures, Heaven's Fractal Net (2004), and a ebook approximately compassion and giving in the USA, The knowledge of Generosity (2008), in addition to works of fiction.

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