American Puppet Modernism


Essays on the Material World in Performance

by John Bell

Paperback, 280 pages

Palgrave Macmillan US 2008

SKU: 978-1-137-28670-3 Category:


This study analyses the history of puppet, mask, and performing object theatre in the United States over the past 150 years to understand how a peculiarly American mixture of global cultures, commercial theatre, modern-art idealism, and mechanical innovation reinvented the ancient art of puppetry.

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John Bell is the Director of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut, USA

Table of contents:

The Sioux War Panorama and American Mythic History

Shalako Puppets and Nineteenth-Century Ritual

The Little Theatre Movement and the Birth of the American Puppeteer: Midwest Puppet Modernism

New York Puppet Modernism: Remo Bufano and Jane Heap

Puppets and Propaganda: 1930s Parades in New York City

American Puppet Modernism in the 1930s: Gertrude Stein’s Identity

From Sorcery to Science: Remo Bufano and World’s Fair Puppet Theatre

Performing Objects, Special Effects, and Mass Media

Automobile Performance and Kustom Kulture

Beyond the Cold War: Bread and Puppet Theater at the End of the Century

Old and New Materials: Wood, Paper, Metal, Plastic, Bone

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Weight 0.5 kg