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Tricks, trickster characters and trickster tales in Tswana folktales

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dc.contributor.advisor M.J. Bushney; Mr. H.C. Groenewald en_US
dc.contributor.author Serekoane, Basebi B.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-10T10:04:39Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-10T10:04:39Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-10
dc.date.submitted 1996-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7292
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study is to investigate and make a critical survey of tricks, trickster characters and trickster tales in Tswana folktales. In the introductory paragraphs a brief definition of folklore is provided, and it is discovered that trickster tales are a component of folktales. Various sources have been consulted in the accummulation of data and identification of tricks, trickster characters, and trickster tales. The origin of trickster characters is also investigated. Research was conducted by means of interviews, with various story tellers in Soweto, Hammanskraal and Rustenburg. This dissertation will identify trickster characters such as 'Tortoise' , 'Hare' and 'Jackal'. A variety of characters are used in folktales. In this study, characters which play a leading role and who are involved in trickery, are identified. The relationship between tricksters and duped characters is clarified. Although tricksters are small, they are heroes. They trick muscular characters. Popular trickster characters, in trickster tales, are identified. The difference between trickster tales and tales with an element of trickery, is investigated and clarified. It seems that trickery is more evident in trickster tales. Furthermore, the functions of trickster tales are studied. The functions of amusement and creativity are analysed. Various devices applied in the execution of tricks such as transformation, illusion and magic, are stated and lastly, the Propp/Dundes theory is applied in the analysis of morphology of trickster tales in Tswana . en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Deception in literature en_US
dc.subject Tricksters in literature en_US
dc.subject Tswana literature en_US
dc.subject Tswana (African people) -- Folklore en_US
dc.title Tricks, trickster characters and trickster tales in Tswana folktales en_US
dc.type Mini-Dissertation en_US


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