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Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 9 Feb 2023 08:32:15 -0800
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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 

/Unaffiliated Geographer and Twain aficionado/