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

By William J. Jackson,Peter Thuesen

Tricksters are identified via their deeds. evidently now not the entire 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 recent expressions of trickiness do proportion a few characteristics with the Trickster archetype obvious in myths. Rock stars who holiday taboos and escape with it, heroes who triumph over vast situations, artful people who have the opportunity to outlive and thrive while the chances are opposed to them, males making spectacles of themselves by way of feeding their awesome appetites in public--all have a few trickster traits. every body, each residing creature who ever confronted a drawback and had to get round it, has stumbled on the integrated trickster impulse. Impasses flip the trickster gene on, or stimulate the trick-performing imagination--that's existence. To discover the methods and technique of trickster maneuvers can alert us to pitfalls, support us have fun with methods which are enjoyable, and reduction us in keeping off ploys which drain our assets and spoil our lives. figuring out extra in regards to 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 skills as a scholarly hunter-gatherer together with his willing insights as an interpreter, Professor Jackson's most modern e-book is an exceptional treasure for a person attracted to the yankee adventure and the primordial suggestion styles that experience formed it."
--From the foreword through Peter Thuesen

"When you gaze right into a replicate, what do you spot? Does the trickster wink again? even if you assert definite or no, William Jackson's publication will tickle you. packed with a motley workforce of con males, hucksters, coyotes, loons, and ravens, its tall stories and explorations of yankee attitudes are good crafted and hugely exciting. American Tricksters illustrates how darkish edges can lighten your spirit whereas tweaking your humorous bone. yet watch out! if you happen to open this e-book, along with baying on the moon, you may by no means glance within the replicate (or see the USA) a similar manner again."
--Terry Marks-Tarlow, writer of Psyche's Veil

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

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