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The Trick Question: Finding a Home for Tricksters in Indigenous Literary Nationalism

  • Author / Creator
    Cline, Kayleigh
  • Published in 2010 in the wake of the Indigenous Literary Nationalism, Troubling Tricksters: Revisioning Critical Conversations, as compiled by Deanna Reder and Linda M. Morra, represents a shift in critical approaches to studying Indigenous trickster figures. Rather than decontextualizing tricksters by erasing cultural differences and inventing archetypal similarities, the revisited scholarship in Troubling Tricksters advocates for recontextualization, which recognizes that a particular trickster figure should be considered most closely related to its culture of origin, rather than to the archetype of The Trickster. However, while this new trickster criticism represents a more culturally responsible form of scholarship, it risks ignoring or, worse, dismissing literature with multiple cultural birthplaces. This thesis is an engagement with several problematic texts that create ruptures in this new trickster criticism: Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Anthology, edited by Matt Dembicki, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, and Jason Aaron and R.M. Guéra’s ongoing Vertigo comic series Scalped.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R32Q5M
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of English and Film Studies
  • Specialization
    • English
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Martin, Keavy (English and Film Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dempsey, L. James (Native Studies)
    • Stewart, Christine (English and Film Studies)