Puppetry: a world history

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Harry N. Abrams, 2005 - Performing Arts - 271 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Kathy Duffy - Goodreads

covers everything from jointed dolls, to shadow, hand, rod, and modern puppetry. It covers from Egyptian times up through the turn into this century. Great reference resource Read full review

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User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

This was a really wonderful visual book. It would have been very easy for a book like this to become terribly dry and boring. The color pictures were wonderful and very helpful to somebody with ... Read full review


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Eileen Blumenthal is professor of theater arts at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

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