By William J. Jackson,Peter Thuesen
'"The human psyche's dynamics are intrinsically half trickster': so William Jackson tells us during this delightfully clever research of a vintage American archetype. The fruit of his prodigious skills as a scholarly hunter-gatherer along with his prepared insights as an interpreter, Professor Jackson's most up-to-date ebook is an extraordinary treasure for someone drawn to the yankee adventure and the primordial concept styles that experience formed it."
--From the foreword by way of Peter Thuesen
"When you gaze right into a replicate, what do you notice? Does the trickster wink again? even if you assert definite or no, William Jackson's ebook will tickle you. packed with a motley workforce of con males, hucksters, coyotes, loons, and ravens, its tall stories and explorations of yank attitudes are good crafted and hugely enjoyable. American Tricksters illustrates how darkish edges can lighten your spirit whereas tweaking your humorous bone. yet pay attention! in case you open this publication, along with baying on the moon, you could by no means glance within the replicate (or see the United States) an identical 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 college on the paintings Institute of Chicago. He earned his PhD in comparative faith at Harvard collage. He taught at Indiana University-Purdue collage Indianapolis for a few years and is the writer of a number of 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 United States, The knowledge of Generosity (2008), in addition to works of fiction.
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American Tricksters: Thoughts on the Shadow Side of a Culture's Psyche by William J. Jackson,Peter Thuesen