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Dave Davis <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 9 Feb 2023 11:43:53 -0500
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On Thu, Feb 9, 2023 at 11:42 AM Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Just now side-tracked from considering the accusations of "racism" in
> Twain's and Joel  Chandler Harris' works, I'm looking at the use of the
> Trickster.  I did come across what looked like a very nice essay on the
> subject but it was part of one of those web sites devoted to supplying
> students with ready-made papers.  It allowed me to read the first page
> but required payment for anything more than that.  I do not want to
> support such endeavors.
> Anyway, my brief bit of googling as not turned up much so I'm asking
> here if there are suggestions as to legitimate sources in this.  Just on
> the surface I can recognize tricksters in much of Twain's work,
> including both Huck and Tom as tricksters.  There is Brer Rabbit in the
> Uncle Remus Tales;  much of the Arabian Nights tales involves
> tricksters; and perhaps even Twain's acceptance of the Hiawatha
> stories.  In the later case he is mistaken as the legitimacy of the
> tales as Ojibwa legends but they  do reflect the tales of the trickster
> Manabozho.
> --
> /Unaffiliated Geographer and Twain aficionado/