Puppet and Spirit: Ritual, Religion, and Performing Objects: Volume II Contemporary Branchings: Secular Benedictions, Activated Energies, Uncanny Fait (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies) (Hardcover)

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Puppet and Spirit: Ritual, Religion, and Performing Objects: Volume II Contemporary Branchings: Secular Benedictions, Activated Energies, Uncanny Fait (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies) By Claudia Orenstein (Editor), Tim Cusack (Editor) Cover Image

Puppet and Spirit: Ritual, Religion, and Performing Objects: Volume II Contemporary Branchings: Secular Benedictions, Activated Energies, Uncanny Fait (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies) (Hardcover)

By Claudia Orenstein (Editor), Tim Cusack (Editor)

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This anthology of essays, a companion to Puppet and Spirit: Ritual, Religion, and Performing Objects, Volume I, aims to explore the many types of relationships that exist between puppets, broadly speaking, and the immaterial world.

The allure of the puppet goes beyond its material presence as, historically and throughout the globe, many uses of puppets and related objects have expressed and capitalized on their posited connections to other realms or ability to serve as vessels or conduits for immaterial presence. The flip side of the puppet's troubling uncanniness is precisely the possibilities it represents for connecting to discarnate realities. Where do we see such connections in contemporary artistic work in various mediums? How do puppets open avenues for discussion in a world that seems to be increasingly polarized around religious values? How do we describe, analyze, and theorize the present moment? What new questions do puppets address for our times, and how does the puppet's continued entanglement with these concerns trouble or comfort us? The essays in this book, from scholars and practitioners, provide a range of useful models and critical vocabularies for addressing this aspect of puppet performance, further expanding the growing understanding and appreciation of puppetry generally.

This book, along with its companion volume, offers, for the first time, robust coverage of this subject from a diversity of voices, examples, and perspectives.

Claudia Orenstein is Professor of Theatre at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She has spent over a decade writing on contemporary and traditional puppetry in the US and Asia.Tim Cusack is an Adjunct Lecturer in Theatre at Hunter College. He was the co-founder and artistic director of Theatre Askew, an independent theatre company dedicated to the exploration of representations of queerness onstage.
Product Details ISBN: 9780367713799
ISBN-10: 0367713799
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: October 1st, 2024
Pages: 264
Language: English
Series: Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies