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Troubling Tricksters: Revisioning Critical Conversations [Paperback]

Deanna Reder , Linda M Morra

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Feb. 10 2010 Aboriginal Studies

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.


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Deanna Reder, a Cree-Métis scholar, holds a joint appointment as an assistant professor in Simon Fraser University’s First Nations Studies Program and the Department of English. Her main fields of study are Indigenous literary theories and autobiography theory, with a particular focus on Cree and Métis life writing. She recently published on Edward Ahenakew in Studies in Canadian Literature.



Linda M. Morra, an associate professor at Bishop’s University, specializes in Canadian literature and Canadian studies. Her research focuses on women and the publishing industry in Canada.


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3.0 out of 5 stars OK Aug. 31 2010
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I was looking for comments on Spiderwoman Theater. The first few sections of this book depressed me. Even the contents are not really closely related to trickster.
However, I do find a good article on SPWT. The later sections on trickster are not that trite at all.
So, I give 3 stars.

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