Puppetry by Eileen Blumenthal
A World History

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Puppets have existed in one form or another in nearly every culture throughout human history. From the intriguing shadow puppets of Java to the romantically challenged Miss Piggy, from African carved-wood actors with outsize genitalia to merry maniac Mr. Punch, puppets are incredibly diverse, reflecting the varied cultures, environments, and personalities of their creators.

In this lavishly illustrated volume, Eileen Blumenthal provides a comprehensive overview of the history and techniques of puppetry, examining the unique nature and abilities of puppets and illustrating the countless roles they (and their creators) have played in societies across the globe for thousands of years. She draws on examples from an astonishing array of puppeteers, performances, and historical artifacts, providing readers with an in-depth view of this intricate world of constructed actors and the eclectic-and often eccentric-artists who create them. With a lively and accessible text and a wealth of illustrations, this one-of-a kind volume will be treasured by lovers of both visual and theater arts. AUTHOR BIO: Eileen Blumenthal is professor of theater arts at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, and a writer on contemporary Asian and Western theater. She has written hundreds of articles and reviews. She is also the author of Joseph Chaikin: Exploring at the Boundaries of Theatre and coauthor, with Julie Taymor, of Abrams' highly acclaimed Julie Taymor: Playing with Fire.
 

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Published July 1, 2005 by Harry N. Abrams. 272 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Performing objects of every kind appear regularly on Broadway, in avant-garde venues, and at international theatre festivals, and TDR, American Theater,and Asian Theatre Journal all have devoted issues to puppetry and performing objects.While Eileen Blumenthal's Puppetry: A World History makes it...

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Performing objects of every kind appear regularly on Broadway, in avant-garde venues, and at international theatre festivals, and TDR, American Theater,and Asian Theatre Journal all have devoted issues to puppetry and performing objects.While Eileen Blumenthal's Puppetry: A World History makes it...

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Blumenthal's choice to divide her discussion into short topical essays on aspects of puppetry means that discussion of a genre such as Javanese wayang is dispersed through the book.

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