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

By William J. Jackson,Peter Thuesen

Tricksters are identified by means of 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 proportion a few characteristics with the Trickster archetype obvious in myths. Rock stars who holiday taboos and break out with it, heroes who triumph over giant conditions, artful people who have the opportunity to outlive and thrive while the percentages are opposed to them, males making spectacles of themselves through feeding their excellent appetites in public--all have a few trickster features. every body, each residing creature who ever confronted a drawback and had to get round it, has chanced 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 get pleasure from methods which are interesting, and reduction us in keeping off ploys which drain our assets and smash 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 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.

Show description

Read Online or Download American Tricksters: Thoughts on the Shadow Side of a Culture's Psyche PDF

Best popular culture books

Get The Dime Novel Companion: A Source Book PDF

This encyclopedic advisor to the yank dime novel includes over 1,200 entries on serial courses, significant writers and editors, publishers, and significant characters, fiction genres, subject matters, and locales. An advent presents a quick background of the dime novel. A dialogue of dime novel scholarship features a chosen listing of libraries and museums with major collections of dime novels.

New PDF release: Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity, and Ambition in a Los

In Christianity, as with such a lot religions, reaching holiness and a better spirituality whereas at the same time pursuing worldly beliefs reminiscent of popularity and fortune is sort of most unlikely. So how do humans pursuing careers in Hollywood's leisure retain their spiritual devotion with out sacrificing their occupation targets?

Download e-book for kindle: Re-creating Paul Bowles, the Other, and the Imagination: by Raj Chandarlapaty

As we withdraw further from American canonical literature and poetry and circulate toward a re-appraisal of literature’s impression upon the humanities via media, we may perhaps simply discover a fit for higher humanism and renowned interplay in American rock tradition via Paul Bowles. during this paintings, Bowles is re-invented in the postmodern, the postcolonial, and the renegade destiny underscored through liberal elites that had breathed new lifestyles into the yank counterculture.

Download e-book for kindle: American Tricksters: Thoughts on the Shadow Side of a by William J. Jackson,Peter Thuesen

Tricksters are recognized via their deeds. evidently no longer 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 percentage a few traits with the Trickster archetype noticeable in myths.

Additional info for American Tricksters: Thoughts on the Shadow Side of a Culture's Psyche

Example text

Download PDF sample

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


by Mark
4.0

Rated 4.97 of 5 – based on 14 votes