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