Writings on Puppetry

Below is a selection of books and articles related to puppet theatre that we have found useful.

  • Appadurai, Arjun, The Social Life of Things. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982.
  • Arnoldi, Mary Jo, Playing for Time: Art and Performance in Central Mali. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.
  • Baird, Bil, The Art of the Puppet. New York: Bonanza, 1973.
  • Baraitser, Marion, Theatre of Animation: Contemporary Adult Puppet Plays in Context in Contemporary Theatre Review (1999).
  • Baudrillard, Jean, The System of Objects. London and New York: Verso, 1996
  • Bell, John, Puppets Masks and Performing Objects at the end of the Century in Puppets Masks and Performing Objects. New York: NYU and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001.
  • Bernier, Matthew, Puppetry as an Art Therapy Technique with Emotionally Disturbed Children. Philadelphia: Hahnemann University, 1983. http://www.takey.com/Thesis_7.pdf
  • Birringer, Johannes H., Contemporary Performance/Technology in Theatre Journal 51.4, pp. 361–381. Dec 1999
  • Blumberg, Marcia, Re-membering History, Staging Hybridity: Ubu and the Truth Commission in Hal Wylie and Bernth Lindfors (eds.), Multiculturalism and Hybridity in African Literatures, Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, pp. 309–318. 2000
  • Blumenthal, Eileen, Julie Taymor, Playing with Fire: Theater, Opera, Film. New York: H.N. Abrams, 1995.
  • Blumenthal, Eileen, Puppetry and Puppets. London: Thames and Hudson, 2005.
  • Bolt, Barbara, Art Beyond Representation: The Performative Power of the Image. London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2004.
  • Brown, Bill, Things. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.
  • Cairns, Christopher, L’Homme Non‐humain: Mannequins, Pouppées et
  • Marionnnettes Dans le Théâtre de Dario Fo in Alternatives Théâtrales. Charleville­‐Mézières: Editions Institut International de la Marionnette,, pp 7‐12, 2000.
  • Coetzee, Yvette, Visibly Invisible – How Shifting the Conventions of the Traditionally Invisible Puppeteer Allows for more Dimensions in both the Puppeteer-Puppet Relationship and the Creation of Theatrical Meaning in Ubu and the Truth Commission in South African Theatre Journal 12 , pp. 35–51. 1998
  • Cole, Catherine M., Theatre of Truth, Acts of Reconciliation: The TRC in South Africa’ in John Conteh-Morgan and Tejumola Olaniyan (eds.), African Drama and Performance, Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2004.
  • Craig, Edward Gordon, The Actor and the Uber­‐Marionette in On the Art of the Theatre. London: William Heinemann Ltd, pp 54-­94, 1907.
  • Craig, Edward Gordon (ed.), The Marionette. Florence, 1918.
  • Du Preez, Petrus, Ikoon en Medium: Die Toneelpop, Masker en Akteurmanipuleerder in Afrika-Performances. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of Stellenbosch.
  • Finch, Christopher, Jim Henson: The Works, the Art, the Magic, the Imagination. New York: Random House, 1993.
  • Fuchs, Anne. Manipulating Puppets in the New South African Theatre’14-1 (1991), pp. 78–83. Commonwealth. Harré, Rom, Physical Being: A Theory for a Corporal Psychology. Oxford: Blackwell, 1991.
  • Garduno, Flor and Lyr, Guyette. Mumenschanz. Amsterdam: Tobler Verlag, 1997.
  • Horowitz, Arthur, International Festival of Puppet Theatre in Theatre Journal 34.1 (Spring 2003), pp. 11–30.
  • Hyde, George, A New Lease of Death intro to Tadeusz Kantor in Wielpole/Wielopole
  • an Exercise in Theatre. London/New York: Marion Boyars, pp 4-11, 1990.
  • Jarry, Alfred, From Of the Uselessness to Theatre of the Theatre in Twentieth Century Theatre: a Sourcebook. London: Richard Drain (Ed) Routledge, pp 11-­13, 1896.
  • Jurkowski, Henryk, Écrivains et marionnettes. Charleville­‐Mézières: Editions Institut International de la Marionnette, 1991.
  • Jurkowski, Henryk, Métamorphoses: la marionnette au XXe siècle. Charleville-­Mézières: Institut International de la Marionnette, 2000.
  • Kaye, Nick, Art Into Theatre: performance interviews and documents. Amsterdam: Overseas Publishers Association, 1986.
  • Lecucq, Evelyne, Voix d’Auteurs et Marionnettes in Alternatives Théâtrales.72. Charleville­‐Mézières: Editions Institut International de la Marionnette, 2002.
  • Marranca, Bonnie and Dasgupta, Gautam. Eds., Conversations on Art and Performance. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.
  • Marx, L., Slouching towards Bethlehem: Ubu and the Truth Commission in African Studies 57.2, pp. 209–220. 1998
  • Meyer, Laure, Art and Craft in Africa. Everyday Life, Ritual, Court Art. Paris: Editions Pierre Terrail, 1995.
  • Millar, Mervyn, Journey of the Tall Horse. London, Oberon, 2006.
  • Millar, Mervyn, The Horse’s Mouth. London: Oberon Books, 2006.
  • Myers, Jack and Simms, Michael. Ed., The Longman Dictionary of Poetic Terms. New York: Longman Inc, 1989.
  • Nelson, Victoria, The Secret Life of Puppets. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press, 2001.
  • Novarina, Valère. Le Théâtre des Oreilles in Alternatives Théâtrales 72. Charleville­‐Mézières: Editions Institut International de la Marionnette, pp 9-­10, 2002.
  • Parker, Andrew and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (eds.), Performativity and Performance. New York: Routledge, 1995.
  • Paska, Roman, Avant Propos in Alternatives Théâtrales pp 65-­66. Charleville­‐Mézières: Editions Institut International de la Marionnette, pp 4-5, 2000.
  • Plassard, Didier. L’auteur, le marionenettiste et le voix a deux tetes in Alternatives Théâtrales 72. Charleville­‐Mézières: Editions Institut International de la Marionnette, pp 10-­16, 2000.
  • Radhakrishna, Shobana, (Revised+Edited by Asha Gupta), A Select Bibliography on Shadow Puppetry.  New Delhi (online): Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 1998.
  • Richards, Colin, Artless Beast in Art South Africa 6.1,  pp. 52–55. 2007.
  • Roach, Joseph, ‘Culture and Performance in the Circum-Atlantic World’ in Andrew Parker and Eve Kosofsky
  • Sedgwick (eds.), Performativity and Performance. New York: Routledge, 1995.
  • Schaffner, Ingrid and Carin Kuoni, The Puppet Show. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art, 2008.
  • Thomas, Nicholas, Entangled Objects. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991.
  • Wagner, Meike, Of Other bodies:the Intermedial Gaze in Theatre in Intermediality in Theatre and Performance. Amsterdam/New York: Freda Chapple and Chiel Kattenbelt (Eds). Editions Rodlpi B.V., pp 125-136, 2000.
  • Wilson, Peter J. and Geoffrey Milne, The Space Between: The Art of Puppetry and Visual Theatre in Australia. Sydney: Currency Press, 2004.