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Br’er Rabbit is Harlequin

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UPDATE: The Wife thought this post was excessively cryptic. I was reading about the character Harlequin in he Italian Commedia dell’arte, which was introduced in the 1580’s and is still around—indeed, I was looking up the term in Wikipedia because I am reading The Traveler, a dystopian scifi novel by John Twelve Hawks (and so far a very good one) which has a group called “Harlequins.”

And when I read the Wikipedia description, I immediately was reminded of Br’er Rabbit, since I’ve been reading some of those old tales.

But it is a common archetype, discussed and described by Joseph Campbell, C.J. Jung, and many students of folklore: The character of the Trickster. But the sudden connection of Harlequin’s description and the character of Br’er Rabbit suddenly leaped out at me. See also Zanni.

Written by LeisureGuy

23 November 2014 at 3:21 pm

Posted in Books

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