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Writing Tricksters

Mythic Gambols in American Ethnic Fiction

By (author) Jeanne Rosier Smith
Format: Paperback
Publisher: University of California Press, Berkerley, United States
Published: 23rd Apr 1997
Dimensions: w 146mm h 216mm d 15mm
Weight: 257g
ISBN-10: 0520206568
ISBN-13: 9780520206564
Barcode No: 9780520206564
Synopsis
This volume examines the resurgence of tricksters - ubiquitous shape-shifters who will dwell on borders, at crossroads and between worlds - on the contemporary cultural and literary scene. Depicitng a chaotic, multilingual world of colliding and overlapping cultures, many of America's most prominent women writers are writing tricksters. Taking up works by Maxine Hong Kingston, Louise Erdrich and Toni Morrison, the author weaves together current critical discources on marginality, ethnicity, feminism and folklore, with the aim of illuminating a "trickster aesthetic" central to non-Western storytelling traditions.

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