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Hartman, J.J. (1993). The Psychoanalytic Study of Society. XV, 1990: Trickster's Humanity: Sublimation and Psychosocial Development. William C. Manson. Pp. 335-346.. Psychoanal Q., 62:694.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Psychoanalytic Study of Society. XV, 1990: Trickster's Humanity: Sublimation and Psychosocial Development. William C. Manson. Pp. 335-346.

(1993). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 62:694

The Psychoanalytic Study of Society. XV, 1990: Trickster's Humanity: Sublimation and Psychosocial Development. William C. Manson. Pp. 335-346.

John J. Hartman

The author discusses the trickster figure in North American mythology in terms of duality of function. The trickster is both a polymorphously sexual buffoon and a heroic cultural innovator. Manson critically assesses Carroll's attempt to integrate Freud's theory of culture with Lévi-Strauss's structural analysis of the trickster as representing the dichotomous structure of mythical thought. Manson, in contrast, argues that sublimation is the mediating conceptual link that unifies the polarized personalities of the trickster. He concludes that the change from sybarite to culture hero represents the problem of ego development in psychosocial maturation.

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Hartman, J.J. (1993). The Psychoanalytic Study of Society. XV, 1990. Psychoanal. Q., 62:694

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