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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—Collodis cruel, wooden Pinocchio, puppetlike characters in Kafka and Dickens, Rilkes puppet-angels, the dark puppeteering of Philip Roths 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, Puppet evokes the startling power of puppets as mirrors of the uncanny in life and art.

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The puppet can entertain or terrify, evoke the innocence of childhood, or become a magical entity, able to negotiate with ghosts and gods. Puppets are often creepy things, inanimate while also full of spirit, alive with gesture and voice. In this haunting and beautiful book, Kenneth Gross takes us on a meditative journey through the world of puppet theater, exploring the mysterious fascination of these unsettling objects.
Engaging particular aspects of the puppet, from its blunt grotesquery to its talent for metamorphosis, Gross teases out their meaning, showing us the puppet in the guise of angel, seducer, demon, and destroyer. On a global tour of puppets onstage, he takes us to the raucous Punch and Judy show, the sacred shadow theater of Bali, and experimental theaters in the United States and Europe where puppets enact everything from Shakespearean tragedy to surrealist fables of discovery and loss. At the same time, he explores the puppet in poetry and fiction—including Collodi’s cruel, wooden Pinocchio; puppetlike characters in Dickens and Kafka; Rilke’s innocent puppet-angels; and the dark puppeteering of Philip Roth’s Micky Sabbath—as well as in the work of artists such as Joseph Cornell and Paul Klee. A lovely, expressive book about re-seeing what we know, or what we think we know, Puppet evokes the startling power of puppets as mirrors of the uncanny in art and life.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

PROLOGUE: The Madness of Puppets

1 A Conversation in Rome

2 Bad Manners

3 The Scale of the Puppet

4 The Fate of Hands

5 Wooden Acting

6 Fables for a Puppet Theater

7 Destroying the Puppet Show

8 Hunger

9 The Blackened Puppet

10 Shadows

11 A Test of Innocence

CODA: Everything Else

NOTES

READINGS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

PHOTO CREDITS

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226309583
Author:
Gross, Kenneth
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Puppets & Puppetry
Subject:
Crafts-Toys
Subject:
Drama-Mime and Puppetry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 color plates, 24 halftones
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , The puppet can entertain or terrify, evoke the innocence of childhood, or become a magical entity, able to negotiate with ghosts and gods. Puppets are often creepy things, inanimate while also full of spirit, alive with gesture and voice. In this haunting and beautiful book, Kenneth Gross takes us on a meditative journey through the world of puppet theater, exploring the mysterious fascination of these unsettling objects.
Engaging particular aspects of the puppet, from its blunt grotesquery to its talent for metamorphosis, Gross teases out their meaning, showing us the puppet in the guise of angel, seducer, demon, and destroyer. On a global tour of puppets onstage, he takes us to the raucous Punch and Judy show, the sacred shadow theater of Bali, and experimental theaters in the United States and Europe where puppets enact everything from Shakespearean tragedy to surrealist fables of discovery and loss. At the same time, he explores the puppet in poetry and fiction—including Collodi’s cruel, wooden Pinocchio; puppetlike characters in Dickens and Kafka; Rilke’s innocent puppet-angels; and the dark puppeteering of Philip Roth’s Micky Sabbath—as well as in the work of artists such as Joseph Cornell and Paul Klee. A lovely, expressive book about re-seeing what we know, or what we think we know, Puppet evokes the startling power of puppets as mirrors of the uncanny in art and life.
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