The Italian Puppet Theater: A History

The Italian Puppet Theater: A History

by John McCormick, Alfonso Cipolla, Alessandro Napoli
     
 

This is the first full-length, English language study of Italian puppetry. Chapters describe Italy's rich puppet theater tradition through the end of the eighteenth century; the golden age of glove puppets, marionettes and pupi; commedia dell'arte and the puppet stage; the evolution of repertoires; music and spectacle; and changes during the twentieth century.

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Overview

This is the first full-length, English language study of Italian puppetry. Chapters describe Italy's rich puppet theater tradition through the end of the eighteenth century; the golden age of glove puppets, marionettes and pupi; commedia dell'arte and the puppet stage; the evolution of repertoires; music and spectacle; and changes during the twentieth century. Concluding chapters offer in-depth studies of two marionette companies, Turin's Lupi and Catania's Fratelli Napoli. Rich in photographs, the book includes 28 color plates.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786443468
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/19/2010
Series:
Performing Arts/Puppetry
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

John McCormick, theater historian and founder of the Drama Department of Trinity College Dublin, has been a practicing puppeteer since the 1950s. His books include studies of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French and British theater, popular puppetry in nineteenth-century Europe, and the Victorian marionette theater. Alfonso Cipolla, lecturer at the University of Turin and theater critic, has published extensively on puppet theatre. Alessandro Napoli, a teacher and author of a major study of the Catanian puppet theatre, belongs to a puppet family.

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