A Comparative Analysis of the Trickster Figure in Africa, the Caribbean, and North America

Odom, Douglas (2013) A Comparative Analysis of the Trickster Figure in Africa, the Caribbean, and North America. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Dr. Tayo Alabi from English, University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

Nearly every society or ethnic group on the planet possesses a literary culture uniquely tied to the customs of that group. Additionally, each of these literary cultures has a folk tale tradition, which encompasses parables, songs, praise poetry, didactic stories, and many other characteristics of oral literature. One of the more engaging sub genres of the folk tale is the trickster tale. This thesis specifically focuses on three distinct trickster figures: Ajapa, a tortoise popular in Yoruba culture in Nigeria; Ananse, a spider whose exploits attempt to undermine the social order of the Akan ethnic group and has also been transplanted into the Caribbean due to the trans-Atlantic slave trade; and Brer Rabbit, the wily trickster of Joel Chandler Harris’s famous Uncle Remus stories in the United States. While these tricksters are similar in several aspects, this thesis seeks to explore the factors that make them unique.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Odom, Douglas
Student's Degree Program(s): English and Classics
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Tayo Alabi
Thesis Advisor's Department: English
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PS American literature
P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature
P Language and Literature > PZ Childrens literature
Depositing User: Mr. Douglas Odom
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2014 14:43
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2014 14:43
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/239

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