The Trickster Shift: Humour and Irony in Contemporary Native Art

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UBC Press, 1999 - Art criticism - 303 pages
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Over the last 15 years, a select group of professionally trained and politically astute Canadian artists of Native ancestry has produced a compelling body of work that owes much of its power to a wry and ironic sense of humour rooted firmly in the oral tradition. More than a critical/political strategy, such humour reflects a widespread cultural and communal sensibility embodied in the mythical Native American Trickster. This book explores the influence of this comic spirit on the practice of various artists through the presentation of a 'Trickster discourse,' that is, a body of overlapping and interrelated verbal and visual narratives by tricksters and about trickster practice.
  

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Contents

The ReCreation of Identity
13
Subverting the Systems of Representation
92
Subverting the Symbols of Power and Control 168
168
Double Play on the World Stage
253
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About the author (1999)

Allan J. Ryan lectures frequently on anthropology, art history, and Native Studies. He has been variously employed as a graphic designer, singer-songwriter, and television satirist. Currently, he is New Sun Chair in Aboriginal Art and Culture at Carleton University.

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