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The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance

Edited by: Dassia N. Posner , Claudia Orenstein , John Bell

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  July  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415705400
eBook ISBN: 9781315850115
Adobe ISBN: 9781317911722

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The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance offers a wide-ranging

perspective on how scholars and artists are currently re-evaluating the theoretical, historical,

and theatrical significance of performance that embraces the agency of inanimate objects.

This book proposes a collaborative, responsive model for broader artistic engagement in and

with the material world. Its 28 chapters aim to advance the study of the puppet not only as a

theatrical object but also as a vibrant artistic and scholarly discipline.

This Companion looks at puppetry and material performance from six perspectives: theoretical

approaches to the puppet, perspectives from practitioners, revisiting history, negotiating tradition,

material performances in contemporary theatre, and hybrid forms. Its wide range of topics, which

span 15 countries over five continents, encompasses:

• visual dramaturgy

• theatrical juxtapositions of robots and humans

• contemporary transformations of Indonesian wayang kulit

• Japanese ritual body substitutes

• recent European productions featuring toys, clay, and food.

The book features newly commissioned essays by leading scholars such as Matthew Isaac

Cohen, Kathy Foley, Jane Marie Law, Eleanor Margolies, Cody Poulton, and Jane Taylor.

It also celebrates the vital link between puppetry as a discipline and as a creative practice

with chapters by active practitioners, including Handspring Puppet Company’s Basil Jones,

Redmoon’s Jim Lasko, and Bread and Puppet’s Peter Schumann. Fully illustrated with more

than 60 images, this volume comprises the most expansive English-language collection of

international puppetry scholarship to date.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The Death of “The Puppet”? Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The Co-Presence and Ontological Ambiguity of the Puppet Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Playing with the Eternal Uncanny Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Visual Dramaturgy Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Puppetry, Authorship, and the Ur-Narrative Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Petrushka’s Voice Download PDF
Chapter  7:  “Clouds Are Made of White!” Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Movement Is Consciousness Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The Eye of Light Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The Third Thing Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Post-Decivilization Efforts in the Nonsense Suburb of Art Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Making a Troublemaker Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Life-Death and Disobedient Obedience Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Saracen of Opera dei Pupi Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Puppet Think Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Relating to the Cross Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Traditional and Post-Traditional Wayang Kulit in Java Today Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Korean Puppetry and Heritage Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Forging New Paths for Kerala’s Tolpavakoothu Leather Shadow Puppetry Tradition Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Integration of Puppetry Tradition into Contemporary Theatre Download PDF
Chapter  21:  From Props to Prosopopeia Download PDF
Chapter  22:  “A Total Spectacle but a Divided One” Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Reading a Puppet Show Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Notes on New Model Theatres Download PDF
Chapter  25:  From Puppet to Robot Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Unholy Alliances and Harmonious Hybrids Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Programming Play Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Return to the Mound Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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