The Other Within

The Other Within

The Genius of Deformity in Myth, Culture & Psyche

Book - 2004
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How society's misfits inspire our poetic consciousness. Consciously or not, many outcats, homeless people and deformed embody subversive virtue by adopting the classic Trickster paradigm. In this groundbreaking new study, the author demonstrates that these misfits embody Trickster-wisdom, providing creative and innovative benefits to the same society that invalidates and excludes its practicioners. With examples from myth and poetry, the author identifies and delineates the specific qualities of Tricksters--as well as the assumptions and behaviors which enable Tricksters to flourish within their oppressed and descended circumstances. He suggests that these Tricksters among us are acting out our collective, subconscious responses to a betrayal of a mythic promised life.
Publisher: Ashland, Or. : White Cloud Press, c2004
ISBN: 1883991595 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: 398.353 DEA
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 23 cm

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