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The Italian Puppet Theater: A Historyby John Mccormick
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Pinocchio is probably the most widely known Italian puppet. In what is presented as the first scholarly study of this subject in English, a retired academic/puppeteer teams with an Italian theater critic and an associate of the International Puppet Museum in Palermo to trace the rich heritage of Italian puppetry. They describe its social and sometimes subversive political roles from the 16th century to modern times; relationship to Commedia dell'Arte, opera, and drama; repertoire; offstage techniques; and the longstanding companies, Lupi (Turin) and Fratelli Napoli (Catania). The book includes b&w and color illustrations, diagrams of marionettes from the 18th century to the early 20th century, a glossary, and extensive reference material. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This first English-language study traces the history of Italian puppetry from its evolution in the 16th century.
This is the first full-length, English language study of Italian puppetry. Chapters describe Italy's rich puppet theater tradition through the end of the eighteenth century; the golden age of glove puppets, marionettes and pupi; commedia dell'arte and the puppet stage; the evolution of repertoires; music and spectacle; and changes during the twentieth century. Concluding chapters offer in-depth studies of two marionette companies, Turin's Lupi and Catania's Fratelli Napoli. Rich in photographs, the book includes 28 color plates.
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