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Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art by Lewis Hyde

1998; 417 pp. $26. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

In a new book as generous and delightful as his earlier The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property, Lewis Hyde brings his heartful scholarship to the figure known as Coyote, Raven, Krishna, Monkey, Hermes, Loki, or Eshu. He cites the artists Cage, Picasso, Duchamp, and Ginsberg as perpetrators of trickster's shameless ability to turn limitations to his, and, in these cases, our advantage by finding a way to slip through the porous wall of preconception and widen the field of play. Hyde also explores the life of Frederick Douglass for its black/white, enslaved/ free, illiterate/articulate shape-shifting qualities. Using poetry, myth, dream, humor, history, and fiction, Hyde employs some of the tools of trickster's trade to inform, enchant, and help us make this world.

 

ISBN: 1847672256

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