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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (4 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262522934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262522939
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Bell is Assistant Professor of Innovative Communication Design at the University of Maine.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oska on 24 Dec. 2010
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This is a collection of essays and interviews published in 2001. It could be useful reading if you were writing a paper on performing objects or the history of puppetry. The introduction, five pages of mostly names and dates, by John Bell, is followed by eight pages of bibliography. In the first article "Kaplin proposes a new theory of puppet theatre based on distance and ratio - where distance is the degree of separation between performer and object..." the subject is more interesting than the title might suggest. The book as a whole is an academic exploration of puppetry, which looks at mainstream and fringe performance.
Other essays cover the Bread and Puppet Theater, the Automaton Chess Player of the 18th century,Czech and Russian folk theatre in the 20's. There are interviews with Julie Taymor and the Peruvian mask-maker Gustavo Boada.
I found many of the illustrations and photographs fascinating although was disappointed that they are all in black and white.
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Five Stars 17 Nov. 2014
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This is an impressive book of knowledge.
Five Stars 16 July 2014
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good work
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Paper on Julie Taymor 15 April 2013
By S. Sloane - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a paper for school on Julie Taymor. Since she got her start in puppets I knew this would be a good resource for me. Thank you!! The book came in good condition and earlier than was stated.
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