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Trickster
In mythology, and in the study of folklore and religion, a trickster is a character in a story (god, goddess, spirit, man, woman, or anthropomorphisation), which exhibits a great degree of intellect or secret knowledge, and uses it to play tricks or otherwise disobey normal rules and conventional behaviour.Contents1 Mythology 2 Archetype 3 Role in African American literature 4 In Native American tradition4.1 Coyote5 In Internet and multimedia studies 6 In oral stories 7 See also 8 References 9 Sources 10 External linksMythology[edit] Tricksters are archetypal characters who appear in the myths of many different cultures. Lewis Hyde
Lewis Hyde
describes the trickster as a "boundary-crosser".[1] The trickster crosses and often breaks both physical and societal rules
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Sacred
Sacred
Sacred
means revered due to sanctity and is generally the state of being perceived by religious individuals as associated with divinity and considered worthy of spiritual respect or devotion; or inspiring awe or reverence among believers. Objects are often considered sacred if used for spiritual purposes, such as the worship or service of gods
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Audre Lorde
November 17, 1992(1992-11-17) (aged 58) Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin IslandsCause of death Liver cancerOccupation Poet, writer, activist, essayist, librarianEducation Columbia University, Hunter College
Hunter College
High School, Hunter College, National University of MexicoGenre Poetry, non-fictionLiterary movement Civil rightsNotable works The First Cities, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, The Cancer Journals Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde
(/ˈɔːdri lɔːrd/; born Audrey Geraldine Lorde; February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) was an American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist
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Jacob
Jacob
Jacob
(/ˈdʒeɪkəb/; Hebrew: יַעֲקֹב‬, Modern  Ya‘aqōv (help·info), Tiberian Yā‘āqōḇ), later given the name Israel, is regarded as a Patriarch
Patriarch
of the Israelites. According to the Book of Genesis, Jacob
Jacob
was the third Hebrew progenitor with whom God
God
made a covenant. He is the son of Isaac
Isaac
and Rebecca, the grandson of Abraham, Sarah
Sarah
and Bethuel, the nephew of Ishmael, and the younger twin brother of Esau. Jacob
Jacob
had twelve sons and at least one daughter, by his two wives, Leah
Leah
and Rachel, and by their handmaidens Bilhah and Zilpah. Jacob's twelve sons, named in Genesis, were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin
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Isaac
According to the biblical Book of Genesis, Isaac
Isaac
(/ˈaɪzək/; Hebrew: יִצְחָק‬, Modern Yiṣḥáq, Tiberian Yiṣḥāq; Arabic: إسحٰق/إسحاق‎, Isḥāq) was the son of Abraham
Abraham
and Sarah
Sarah
and father of Jacob; his name means "he will laugh", reflecting when Sarah
Sarah
laughed in disbelief when told that she would have a child.[1] In the Bible, he is one of the three patriarchs of the Israelites, the only one whose name was not changed, and the only one who did not move out of Canaan.[1] According to the narrative, he died when he was 180 years old, the longest-lived of the three.[1] The biblical narrative of Isaac
Isaac
has influenced various religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity and Islam
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Laban (Bible)
Laban (Hebrew: לָבָן‬, Modern Lavan, Tiberian Lāḇān, "White") is a figure in the Book of Genesis of the Hebrew Bible. He was the brother of Rebecca, who married Isaac and bore Jacob. Laban welcomed his nephew as a young man, and set him the stipulation of seven years' labour before he permitted him to marry his daughter Rachel. Laban tricked Jacob
Jacob
into marrying his elder daughter Leah
Leah
instead. Jacob
Jacob
then took both women as wives. Laban and his family were described as dwelling in Paddan Aram, in Mesopotamia
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Froggy The Gremlin
Froggy the Gremlin was a character created by Smilin' Ed McConnell and brought to radio in the 1940s and television in 1950s on the Smilin' Ed's Gang show, and later Andy's Gang TV show, hosted by actor Andy Devine after McConnell's death.Contents1 The character 2 References in pop culture 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksThe character[edit] Froggy was a troublemaker. Disrespectful of adult authority figures, Froggy played practical jokes and disrupted the presentations of other guests
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Fairy Tale
A fairy tale, wonder tale, magic tale, or Märchen is folklore genre that takes the form of a short story that typically features entities such as dwarfs, dragons, elves, fairies, giants, gnomes, goblins, griffins, mermaids, talking animals, trolls, unicorns, or witches, and usually magic or enchantments. Fairy
Fairy
tales may be distinguished from other folk narratives such as legends (which generally involve belief in the veracity of the events described)[1] and explicitly moral tales, including beast fables. The term is mainly used for stories with origins in European tradition and, at least in recent centuries, mostly relates to children's literature. In less technical contexts, the term is also used to describe something blessed with unusual happiness, as in "fairy tale ending" (a happy ending)[2] or "fairy tale romance"
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Pippi Longstocking
Pippi Longstocking
Pippi Longstocking
(Swedish: Pippi Långstrump) is the main character in an eponymous series of children's books by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. Pippi was named by Lindgren's daughter Karin, then nine years old like Pippi, who asked her mother for a get-well story when she was off school. Pippi is red-haired, freckled, unconventional and superhumanly strong – able to lift her horse one-handed. She is playful and unpredictable. She often makes fun of unreasonable adults, especially if they are pompous and condescending. Her anger comes out in extreme cases, such as when a man ill-treats his horse. Pippi, like Peter Pan, does not want to grow up. She is the daughter of a buccaneer captain and has adventure stories to tell about that too
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African American Literature
African-American literature is the body of literature produced in the United States by writers of African descent. It begins with the works of such late 18th-century writers as Phillis Wheatley. Before the high point of slave narratives, African-American literature was dominated by autobiographical spiritual narratives. The genre known as slave narratives in the 19th century were accounts by people who had generally escaped from slavery, about their journeys to freedom and ways they claimed their lives. The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s was a great period of flowering in literature and the arts, influenced both by writers who came North in the Great Migration and those who were immigrants from Jamaica and other Caribbean islands. African-American writers have been recognized by the highest awards, including the Nobel Prize to Toni Morrison
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Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr. (born September 16, 1950 in Keyser, West Virginia) is an American literary critic, teacher, historian, filmmaker and public intellectual who currently serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor
Professor
and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He discovered what are considered the first books by African-American writers, both women, and has published extensively on appreciating African-American literature
African-American literature
as part of the Western canon. In addition to producing and hosting previous series on the history and genealogy of prominent American figures, since 2012 Gates has been host for four seasons of the series Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
on PBS
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Norse Mythology
Norse mythology
Norse mythology
is the body of myths of the North Germanic people stemming from Norse paganism
Norse paganism
and continuing after the Christianization of Scandinavia and into the Scandinavian folklore
Scandinavian folklore
of the modern period
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The Signifying Monkey
The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism is a work of literary criticism and theory by American scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. first published in 1988. The book traces the folkloric origins of the African-American cultural practice of “signifying” and uses the concept of Signifyin(g) to analyze the interplay between texts of prominent African-American writers, specifically Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston and Ishmael Reed.Contents1 Literary signifying 2 Critical reception 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksLiterary signifying[edit] Signifyin(g) is closely related to double-talk and trickery of the type used by the Monkey of these narratives, but, as Gates himself admits, “It is difficult to arrive at a consensus of definitions of signifyin(g).”[1] Bernard W. Bell defines it as an “elaborate, indirect form of goading or insult generally making use of profanity.”[2] Roger D
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T. S. Eliot
Harvard University Merton College, OxfordPeriod 1905–1965Literary movement ModernismNotable works "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915), The Waste Land
The Waste Land
(1922), Four Quartets
Four Quartets
(1943), "Murder in the Cathedral" (1935)Notable awards Nobel Prize in Literature
Nobel Prize in Literature
(1948), Order of Merit
Order of Merit
(1948)Spouse Vivienne Haigh-Wood (m. 1915; sep. 1932) Esmé Valerie Fletcher (m. 1957–1965)SignatureThomas Stearns Eliot, OM (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965) was a British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and "one of the twentieth century's major poets".[2] He moved from his native United States to England
England
in 1914 at the age of 25, settling, working, and marrying there
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Ezra Pound
Ezra Weston Loomis Pound (30 October 1885 – 1 November 1972) was an expatriate American poet and critic, as well as a major figure in the early modernist movement. His contribution to poetry began with his development of Imagism, a movement derived from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, stressing clarity, precision and economy of language. His works include Ripostes
Ripostes
(1912), Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (1920) and the unfinished 120-section epic, The Cantos
The Cantos
(1917–1969). Pound worked in London during the early 20th century as foreign editor of several American literary magazines, and helped discover and shape the work of contemporaries such as T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Robert Frost and Ernest Hemingway.[a] Angered by the carnage of World War I, Pound lost faith in Great Britain
Great Britain
and blamed the war on usury and international capitalism
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Virginia Opossum
Didelphis
Didelphis
marsupialis virginiana[3]The Virginia opossum
Virginia opossum
( Didelphis
Didelphis
virginiana), commonly known as the North American opossum, is a marsupial found in North America. It is the only marsupial found north of Mexico. In the United States, it is typically referred to simply as a possum. It is a solitary and nocturnal animal about the size of a domestic cat. It is a successful opportunist. It is familiar to many North Americans as it is often seen near towns, rummaging through garbage cans.Contents1 Name 2 Range 3 Description3.1 Tracks 3.2 Behavior 3.3 Reproduction 3.4 Life span4 Historical references 5 Relationship with humans 6 References 7 External linksName[edit] The Virginia opossum
Virginia opossum
is the original animal named "opossum". The word comes from Algonquian wapathemwa meaning "white animal"
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