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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.
Deanna Reder , a Cree-MA(c)tis scholar, holds a joint appointment as an assistant professor in Simon Fraser Universityas 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 MA(c)tis life writing. She recently published on Edward Ahenakew in Studies in Canadian Literature . Linda M. Morra , an associate professor at Bishopas University, specializes in Canadian literature and Canadian studies. Her research focuses on women and the publishing industry in Canada.
Release date Australia
February 1st, 2010
Edited by Deanna Reder
Edited by Linda M. Morra
Country of Publication
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Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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