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Trickster Makes This World

Author : Lewis Hyde
ISBN : 9781429930833
Genre : Social Science
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In Trickster Makes This World, Lewis Hyde brings to life the playful and disruptive side of human imagination as it is embodied in trickster mythology. He first visits the old stories—Hermes in Greece, Eshu in West Africa, Krishna in India, Coyote in North America, among others—and then holds them up against the lives and work of more recent creators: Picasso, Duchamp, Ginsberg, John Cage, and Frederick Douglass. Twelve years after its first publication, Trickster Makes This World—authoritative in its scholarship, loose-limbed in its style—has taken its place among the great works of modern cultural criticism. This new edition includes an introduction by Michael Chabon.
Category: Social Science

Trickster Makes This World

Author : Lewis Hyde
ISBN : 9781847672254
Genre : Arts
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'Lewis Hyde's second masterpiece.' Margaret Atwood
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Trickster Makes This World

Author : Lewis Hyde
ISBN : UOM:39015040031653
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Examines the purpose of the trickster figures--mischievous, cultural deviations who also become heroes--in mythology and the role they play as part of the human imagination. Tour.
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Trickster Makes This World

Author : Lewis Hyde
ISBN : 9781847677013
Genre : Social Science
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Trickster disrupted the world around him, and in doing so he reshaped it. Playful, mischievous, subversive, amoral, tricksters are a great bother to have around, but they are also indispensable heroes of culture. Trickster Makes This World revisits the stories of Coyote, Eshu and Hermes and holds them up against the life and work of more recent creators: Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, Maxine Hong Kingston and others. Authoritative in its scholarship, supple and dynamic in its style, Trickster Makes This World encourages you to think and see afresh.
Category: Social Science

Common As Air

Author : Lewis Hyde
ISBN : 9781908526052
Genre : Social Science
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DIV In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. Thirty years later his son registered the words ‘I Have a Dream’ as a trademark and successfully blocked attempts to reproduce these four words. Unlike the Gettysburg Address and other famous speeches, ‘I Have a Dream’ is now private property, even though some the speech is comprised of words written by Thomas Jefferson, a man who very much believed that the corporate land grab of knowledge was at odds with the development of civil society. Exploring the complex intersection between creativity and commerce, Hyde raises the question of how our shared store of art and knowledge might be made compatible with our desire to copyright everything, and questions whether the fruits of creative labour can – or should – be privately owned, especially in the digital age. ‘In what sense,’ he writes, ‘can someone own, and therefore control other people’s access to, a work of fiction or a public speech or the ideas behind a drug?’ Moving deftly between literary analysis, history and biography (from Benjamin Franklin’s reluctance to patent his inventions to Bob Dylan’s admission that his early method of songwriting was largely comprised of ‘rearranging verses to old blues ballads, adding an original line here or there… slapping a title on it’), Common As Air is a stirring call-to-arms about how we might concretely legislate for a cultural commons that would simultaneously allow for financial reward and protection from monopoly. Rigorous, informative and riveting, this is a book for anyone who is interested in the creative process. /div
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A Primer For Forgetting

Author : Lewis Hyde
ISBN : 9780374710149
Genre : Social Science
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“One of our true superstars of nonfiction” (David Foster Wallace), Lewis Hyde, author of The Gift and Trickster Makes the World, offers a playful and melancholy defense of forgetfulness by exploring the healing effect it can have on the human psyche. We live in a culture that prizes memory—how much we can store, the quality of what’s preserved, how we might better document and retain the moments of our life while fighting off the nightmare of losing all that we have experienced. But what if forgetfulness were seen not as something to fear—be it in the form of illness or simple absentmindedness—but rather as a blessing, a balm, a path to peace and forgiveness? A Primer for Forgetting is a remarkable experiment in scholarship, autobiography, and social criticism by the author of the classics The Gift and Trickster Makes This World. It forges a new “history of forgetfulness” by assembling fragments of art and writing from the ancient world to the modern, weighing the potential boons forgetfulness might offer the present moment as a philosophical and political force. It also turns inward, using the author’s own life and memory as a canvas upon which to extol the virtues of a concept too long taken as an evil. Drawing material from Hesiod to Jorge Luis Borges to Elizabeth Bishop to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, from myths and legends to very real and recent traumas both personal and historical, A Primer for Forgetting is a unique and remarkable synthesis that only Lewis Hyde could have produced. Includes black-and-white illustrations
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The Trickster In Contemporary Film

Author : Helena Bassil-Morozow
ISBN : 9781136625268
Genre : ART
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This book discusses the role of the trickster figure in contemporary film against the cultural imperatives and social issues of modernity and postmodernity, and argues that cinematic tricksters always reflect psychological, economic and social change in society. It covers a range of films, from Charlie Chaplin’s classics such as Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940) to contemporary comedies and dramas with ‘trickster actors’ such as Jim Carrey, Sacha Baron-Cohen, Andy Kaufman and Jack Nicholson. The Trickster in Contemporary Film offers a fresh perspective on the trickster figure not only in cinema but in Western culture in general. Alongside original film analyses, it touches upon a number of psychosocial issues including sovereignty of the individual, tricksterish qualities of the media, and human relationships in the mercurial digital age. Further topics of discussion include: common motifs in trickster narratives the trickster and personal relationships gonzo-trickster and the art of comic insurrection. Employing a number of complementary approaches such as Jungian psychology, film semiotics, narrative structure theories, Victor Turner’s concept of liminality and Mikhail Bakhtin’s theory of the carnivalesque, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of film, as well as anyone with an interest in analytical psychology and wider critical issues in contemporary culture.
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Trickster And Hero

Author : Harold Scheub
ISBN : 9780299290733
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The trickster and the hero, found in so many of the world’s oral traditions, are seemingly opposed but often united in one character. Trickster and Hero provides a comparative look at a rich array of world oral traditions, folktales, mythologies, and literatures—from The Odyssey, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and Beowulf to Native American and African tales. Award-winning folklorist Harold Scheub explores the “Trickster moment,” the moment in the story when the tale, the teller, and the listener are transformed: we are both man and woman, god and human, hero and villain. Scheub delves into the importance of trickster mythologies and the shifting relationships between tricksters and heroes. He examines protagonists that figure centrally in a wide range of oral narrative traditions, showing that the true hero is always to some extent a trickster as well. The trickster and hero, Scheub contends, are at the core of storytelling, and all the possibilities of life are there: we are taken apart and rebuilt, dismembered and reborn, defeated and renewed.
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Trickster

Author : Eileen Kane
ISBN : 9781442693753
Genre : Social Science
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A young trainee anthropologist leaves her violent Mafia-run hometown—Youngstown, Ohio—to study an "exotic" group, the Paiute Indians of Nevada. This is 1964; she'll be "the expert," and they'll be "the subjects." The Paiute elders have other ideas. They'll be "the parents." They set themselves two tasks: to help her get a good grade on her project and to send her home quickly to her new bridegroom. They dismiss her research topic and introduce her instead to their spirit creature, the outrageously mischievous rule-breaking trickster, Coyote. Why do the Paiutes love Coyote? Why do Youngstown mill workers vote for Mafia candidates for municipal office? Tricksters become key to understanding how oppressed groups function in a hostile world. For more information visit www.trickster.ie.
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Trickster Magic

Author : Kirsten Riddle
ISBN : 178249264X
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Kirsten Riddle looks at a range of trickster characters from animal spirits, to deities, and human tricksters. She combines folklore with trickster medicine to show readers how to tap into the specific energy of each character to manifest positive change. Tricksters have been around since the beginning of time. This archetype is a figure that appears in folklore and mythology from around the world, and presents itself in a variety of forms, including animal (Coyote, Raven, Brer Rabbit), human (Jack in the Beanstalk), and deity (Norse Loki). The trickster is a complex character with an altogether different type of energy that is surprisingly essential to our wellbeing. This archetype represents the unexpected. Events that happen beyond our control and that can test us to the very limits. Yet these events, no matter how challenging, can also teach us something about ourselves and the need for spontaneity. In 'Trickster Magic' Kirsten Riddle explores these irresistible rascals who are the arrogant charmers we love to hate, the individuals that get under our skin and who despite their disruptive nature, always seem to fall on their feet. So how can we work with such erratic energy and invite the trickster into our lives without causing mayhem? The key is in learning to embrace change. Seeing it as an opportunity for growth and taking on some aspects of the Trickster's complex psyche. Kirsten provides practical, fun, and easy rituals and tips to tap into our true potential and discover there is joy and spiritual wisdom to be found in any situation. Accompany Kirsten Riddle on this transformative and magical journey and learn to see the funny side when things seem bleak, and notice the fine line between the ridiculous and the truly ingenious!
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