The trickster is a joker, a clown, a wild card, a con man, a liar, a bringer of chaos, a rule-breaker who turns things upside down, is morally ambiguous and often disavows respectability Trickster openly transgresses and always goes “too far.”  Trickster, embodied in characters like The Joker or Chucky the murderous child, is obscene and vulgar, creative but also spectacularly destructive. Trickster opens the door to chaos, but cannot control what eventually comes through. Trump’s tricky persona is especially evident as he is hailed by some as abolishing bullshit, and by others as being unmatched in generating it. 


The Divided States of America
Cards and Canards
Who Is "America"? Whose "America" Is It?
Racism & Xenophobia
Immigrant Detentions and Contentions
Man Up
MeToo Movements
Misogyny and Misogynoir
Threats of Harm & Electoral Violence
Bullying, Shaming, and Lying
Pandemic Politics
Unmasked Meanings
God on Our Side
Gun Battles
Black Lives Matter
Pop Archetypes
Fake News, Troll Tidings
Disinformation and Conspiracy "Theories"
Talking Back to the Cap
Making and Remaking America
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Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Florida Atlantic University

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