Troubling Tricksters

Revisioning Critical Conversations

by Deanna Reder,

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  • 1554582059
  • 9781554581818
  • 9781554582051
  • 9781554582907

Troubling Tricksters is a collection of theoretical essays, creative pieces, and critical ruminations that provides a re-visioning of trickster criticism in light of recent backlash against it. The complaints of some Indigenous writers, the critique from Indigenous nationalist critics, and the changing of academic fashion have resulted in few new studies on the trickster. For example, The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature (2005), includes only a brief mention of the trickster, with skeptical commentary. And, in 2007, Anishinaabe scholar Niigonwedom Sinclair (a contributor to this volume) called for a moratorium on studies of the trickster irrelevant to the specific experiences and interests of Indigenous nations.

One of the objectives of this anthology is, then, to encourage scholarship that is mindful of the critic’s responsibility to communities, and to focus discussions on incarnations of tricksters in their particular national contexts. The contribution of Troubling Tricksters, therefore, is twofold: to offer a timely counterbalance to this growing critical lacuna, and to propose new approaches to trickster studies, approaches that have been clearly influenced by the nationalists’ call for cultural and historical specificity.

  • Wilfrid Laurier University Press; February 2010
  • ISBN 9781554582051
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  • Title: Troubling Tricksters
  • Author: Deanna Reder (ed.); Linda M. Morra (ed.)
  • Imprint: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1554582059
  • 9781554581818
  • 9781554582051
  • 9781554582907

In The Press

``The strength of Troubling Tricksters is its grounding in Native literary nationalism, studies that engage not only the literature, but the communities' ways of knowing and traditions from which the work grew. Many of the essays are situated in tribal-specific ways of knowing.... Clearly, tricksters, in whatever guise, are still a force to be reckoned with.''

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1554582059
  • 9781554581818
  • 9781554582051
  • 9781554582907