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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.
About the Author
HENRYK JURKOWSKI is a former Professor of Theatre in the Krakow and Warsaw Schools of Theatre, Poland. Throughout his distinguished career, he has been Guest Professor at the Ecole Superieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette, France, Instituto del Teatro, Spain, Central School of Speech and Drama, London, 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.
Table of Contents
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