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In literature and myth, tricksters are powerful figures; they break rules and create them, crossing lines between sacred and profane, creation and destruction, human and animal, and male and female. At the edges of human cultures, trickster is always there. But because of the ways they break rules, tricksters-and other types of troublemakers-also help us understand culturally specific forms of social power, subversion, and resistance. Through explorations of tricksters and troublemakers in the Western, African American, and Native American literary traditions, this class explores questions about the revolutionary power of words and the subversive power of laughter.