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The As-if Reality of Puppet Theatre

Jane Taylor, in The Puppet Show. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art, 2008, pp. 52–60.

This paper is largely theoretical and it examines the spectrum of inanimate presences that might be considered “puppets,” in order to understand what they make available to cultural expression. The examples range from an automated bank teller to the IBM compute HAL (from Kubrick’s classic 2001: A Space Odyssey); to the macabre preserved body of Norman Bates’s mother in Psycho.