Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art

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Macmillan, Aug 17, 2010 - Social Science - 432 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

Title Page
PART ONE TRAP OF NATURE
WAY
THE FIRST
THE LAND OF THE DEAD
PART TWO TWOROAD CHANCE
THE PALMNUT ORACLE
A GIFT OF HERMES
OFARTUS
SON
PROPHECY
ENVOI
TRICKSTER AND GENDER
NOTES
HERMES
BIBLIOGRAPHY

PART THREE DIRT WORK
MATTER OUT OF PLACE
PART FOUR TRAP OF CULTURE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Notes
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Lewis Hyde is the author of The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property and Common as Air (FSG, 2010). A MacArthur Fellow and former director of creative writing at Harvard, he is currently Luce Professor of Art and Politics at Kenyon College.

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