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Societies around the world have their puppet traditions and puppetry remains a vital theatrical art; yet puppetry has received little attention in the theoretical study of theatre. The present study offers an aesthetic theory and vocabulary for practitioners, critics, and audiences to utilize in creating, evaluating, viewing, and describing the age-old, yet ever-new art of the puppet.

Asserting that no satisfactory theory or descriptive vocabulary has yet been advanced for the theatrical puppet, Steve Tillis seeks the underlying principles through observation and analysis of puppetry in all its manifestations. He considers the disparate range of puppet performance and puppet construction to determine what is constant and what is variable and explores such theoretical problems as how a puppet is to be defined; how its appeal is to be explained, and how its performance is to be described. Reviewing standard responses to these problems in a thorough survey of the literature on puppetry, he then offers new solutions. In an interesting coda, Tillis discusses the power of the puppet as a metaphor of humanity and a term applied to particular people. This is an essential text not only for college puppetry courses but also for all serious puppet artists, as well as scholars and researchers in performance theory and practice, and more general audiences.

Synopsis:

Puppetry has received little attention in the theoretical study of theatre. Tillis reviews existing literature and, through observation and analysis of puppetry in all its manifestations, offers a new aesthetic theory and vocabulary for practitioners, critics, and audiences.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [171]-176) and index.

About the Author

Playwright, performer, and director, STEVE TILLIS has worked professionally in the theatre since 1974.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Defining and Explaining the Puppet

Standard Definitions

Standard Explanations

A New Basis for Definition and Explanation

Describing the Puppet

Standard Descriptions

A New Basis for Description

Coda-Metaphor and the Puppet

Works Cited

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313283598
Author:
Tillis, Steve
Publisher:
Praeger
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Puppets & Puppetry
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Puppet theater
Subject:
Crafts-Toys
Subject:
Theater - General
Series:
Contributions in Drama and Theatre Studies
Series Volume:
V-715no. 47
Publication Date:
19920631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
1.10 in.

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