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Puppet theater
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1. Concept

Puppet theater is a theatrical form in which inanimate objects – such as puppets or marionettes – under the control of an actor themselves appear as actors. Plays with anthropomorphic puppets were the most widespread type in the early modern period. The category of scenic arts involving the animation of non-human forms is called Figurentheater (figure theater) in the German-speaking world, and includes not only puppet theater, but also, for instance, object theater (or object puppetry).

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Beck, Michael and Weber, Alexander, “Puppet theater”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026068>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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