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Aspects of Puppet Theatre

By Henryk Jurkowski, Penny Francis (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 216 pages, 2nd Revised edition Edition
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 January 2014
Henryk Jurkowski's seminal 1988 text, Aspects of Puppet Theatre, was ground-breaking in its analysis of puppetry as an important performing art. Focusing on the cultural and social functions of puppetry, Jurkowski traced the role of puppetry in cultural life, from its ritualistic roots to its influence on modernist art and presence in contemporary theatre. This new edition of a classic brings the original text back to life, including four additional essays and a new introduction, edited and translated by leading puppetry scholar Penny Francis.

Table of Contents

Foreword.- 1. Literary Views on Puppet Theatre.- 2. Towards a Theatre of Objects.- 3. Between Literature and Plastic Art.- 4. The Language of the Puppet Theatre.- 5. The Sign Systems of Puppetry.- 6. Puppets and the Power of the State.- 7. Eroticism and Puppetry.- 8. The Human Among Things and Objects.- 9. Craig and Puppets.- 10. Among Priests, Deities and Shamans.- 11. The Acting Puppet as a Figure of Speech.- Index.

About the Author

HENRYK JURKOWSKI is Professor of Theatre at Warsaw University, Poland. Throughout his distinguished career, he been Guest Professor at the Ecole Superieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette, France, Instituto del Teatro, Spain, London Central School of Speech and Drama, Akademie der Darstellende Kunst, Germany, Akademie Muzickych Umeni, Prague, Teatralnyi Institute, Italy and Art Institute of Chicago, USA. He is Expert Editor of the World Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Theatre and author of History of the European Puppet Theatre, Volumes 1 and 2. PENNY FRANCIS is Honorary Fellow of the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, where she is Lecturer in Puppetry.She is co-founder of the Puppet Centre Trust, the national development agency for the art form, and was awarded the MBE for services to puppetry in 1998. She is the author of Puppetry: A Reader in Theatre Practice.

EAN: 9781137338433
ISBN: 1137338431
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 x 1.3 centimetres (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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