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Popular Puppet Theatre in Europe, 1800-1914

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ISBN-10: 0521616158

ISBN-13: 9780521616157

Edition: 2004

Authors: John McCormick, Bennie Pratasik

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Banned, marginalised, tolerated or neglected, puppets were a major form of entertainment of the subordinate classes in the nineteenth century. Showmen travelled from one end of Europe to the other bringing everything from biblical plays to melodramas and variety to audiences who experienced them as their only form of dramatic entertainment. The first study of its kind in English, Popular Puppet Theatre in Europe is less a history than a comparative study, highlighting a significant aspect of social and cultural history from a national and transnational perspective. It examines the showmen, their audiences, the performance context, and the technical and practical aspects of the puppets and…    
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Book details

List price: $42.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/4/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100

John McCormick (1918-2010) taught American Studies at the Free University, Berlin, and later went on to become distinguished professor of comparative literature at Rutgers University. He is the author of numerous works, including Bullfighting, American and European Literary Imagination, Catastrophe and Imagination, and Fiction as Knowledge .

The Context
The performance context
Puppet Actors and Their Stages
The stage and the wings
Puppet actors I - the characters
Puppet actors II - the figures
Puppet actors in performance
The traditional repertoire
The establishment of new repertoires
Contemporary plays and popular fiction