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A Discussion Of Representations Of The West African/West Indian Trickster Ananse In Children's Literature.
This paper will examine the representation of the archetypal West African/ West Indian Trickster figure, Ananse, from children's stories in a number of cultures. Beginning with an examination of some common aspects of the Trickster figure from mythologies around the world, the essay will examine the presentation and role of the Trickster Ananse in children's tales from several cultures. It will be argued that, although Trickster characters such as Ananse perform sophisticated functions as cultural "actors", they are also excellent teaching aids as they introduce children to many of the complexities of the human condition that are common to us all - regardless of race, religion, class or gender. 8.5 pgs. 24 f/c. 7b.