American Puppet Modernism Essays on the Material World in Performance

ISBN-10: 1403979812
ISBN-13: 9781403979810
Edition: 2008
Authors: John Bell
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Book details

List price: $125.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 9/19/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

This studynbsp;analyzes the history of puppet, mask, and performing object theater in the United States over the past 150 years to understand how a peculiarly American mixture of global cultures, commercial theater, modern-art idealism and mechanical innovation created uniquely modern and singularly American approaches which have reinvented the ancient arts of puppetry as essential performance modes of the twenty-first century.

John Bell is Assistant Professor of Innovative Communication Design at the University of Maine.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Credits
Playing with Stuff: The Material World in Performance
The Sioux War Panorama and American Mythic History
Shalako Puppets and Nineteenth-Century Ritual
The Little Theatre Movement and the Birth of the American Puppeteer: Midwest Puppet Modernism
New York Puppet Modernism: Remo Bufano and Jane Heap
Puppets and Propaganda: 1930s Parades in New York City
American Puppet Modernism in the 1930s: Gertrude Stein's Identity
From Sorcery to Science: Remo Bufano and World's Fair Puppet Theatre
Performing Objects, Special Effects, and Mass Media
Automobile Performance and Kustom Kulture
Beyond the Cold War: Bread and Puppet Theater at the End of the Century
Old and New Materials: Wood, Paper, Metal, Plastic, Bone
Notes
Bibliography
Publications
Index

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