Trickster and Hero

Trickster and Hero

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The trickster and the hero, found in so many of the worlda€™s oral traditions, are seemingly opposed but often united in one character. Trickster and Hero provides a comparative look at a rich array of world oral traditions, folktales, mythologies, and literaturesa€”from The Odyssey, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and Beowulf to Native American and African tales. Award-winning folklorist Harold Scheub explores the a€œTrickster moment, a€ the moment in the story when the tale, the teller, and the listener are transformed: we are both man and woman, god and human, hero and villain. Scheub delves into the importance of trickster mythologies and the shifting relationships between tricksters and heroes. He examines protagonists that figure centrally in a wide range of oral narrative traditions, showing that the true hero is always to some extent a trickster as well. The trickster and hero, Scheub contends, are at the core of storytelling, and all the possibilities of life are there: we are taken apart and rebuilt, dismembered and reborn, defeated and renewed.Part. Three. The. Hero, . with. the. Trickster. at. the. Center. The Heroa#39;s Journey The heroa#39;s journey, the ancient monomyth, is the great paradigm. It clearly is so for Gilgamesh, for Mwindo, Sundiata, Beowulf, Odysseus . . . But it is also the modelanbsp;...

Title:Trickster and Hero
Author:Harold Scheub
Publisher:University of Wisconsin Pres - 2013-02-28


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