Purposeful Deceptions of the April Fool

McEntire, Nancy Cassell
June 2002
Western Folklore;Summer2002, Vol. 61 Issue 2, p133
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
Discusses the various ways in which April Fools' Day is celebrated. Possible origins of the holiday; Question of why individuals create and act out elaborate pranks; Issues of gender that inform the April Fools' Day prank; Inversion of the pattern of behavior that individuals have taken for granted.


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