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Puppet An Essay on Uncanny Life

ISBN-10: 022600550X

ISBN-13: 9780226005508

Edition: 2012

Authors: Kenneth Gross

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The puppet creates delight and fear. It may evoke the innocent play of childhood, or become a tool of ritual magic, able to negotiate with ghosts and gods. Puppets can be creepy things,secretive, inanimate while also full of spirit, alive with gesture and voice. In this eloquent book, Kenneth Gross contemplates the fascination of these unsettling objects—objects that are also actors and images of life.The poetry of the puppet is central here, whether in its blunt grotesquery or symbolic simplicity, and always in its talent for metamorphosis.On a meditative journey to seek the idiosyncratic shapes of puppets on stage,Gross looks at the anarchic Punch and Judy show, the sacred shadow theater of Bali, and experimental theaters in Europe and the United States, where puppets enact everything from Baroque opera and Shakespearean tragedy to Beckettian farce. Throughout, he interweaves accounts of the myriad faces of the puppet in literature—Collodi’s cruel, wooden Pinocchio, puppetlike characters in Kafka and Dickens, Rilke’s puppet-angels, the dark puppeteering of Philip Roth’s Micky Sabbath—as well as in the work of artists Joseph Cornell and Paul Klee. The puppet emerges here as a hungry creature, seducer and destroyer, demon and clown. It is a test of our experience of things, of the human and inhuman. A book about reseeing what we know, or what we think we know,Puppetevokes the startling power of puppets as mirrors of the uncanny in life and art.
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Kenneth Gross is professor of English at the University of Rochester. He is the author of five books, including Shakespeare's Noise and Shylock is Shakespeare, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

List Of Illustrations
Prologue: The Madness of Puppets
A Conversation in Rome
Bad Manners
The Scale of the Puppet
The Fate of Hands
Wooden Acting
Fables for a Puppet Theater
Destroying the Puppet Show
Hunger
The Blackened Puppet
Shadows
A Test of Innocence
Coda: Everything Else
Notes
Readings
Acknowledgments
Photo Credits
Index