File puptcrit/puptcrit.0907, message 32


Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 10:25:28 -0400
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Arizona video


Is there a distinction that should be made between a minstrel show and
routine showing of racial stereotypes in a story?
Ed A

On Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 2:02 PM, Bell, John<john.bell-AT-uconn.edu> wrote:
> Racial and ethnic stereotypes are typically features of popular puppet theater. =A0Karagoz shadow theater is rich in such caricatures (including the "Frank" or European stereotype, which is interesting for westerners to see); also Javanese shadow theater. =A0In Germany the Reichsinstitut fur Puppenspiel instituted a racist version of Kasperl with Jewish stereotypes as villains in the 1930s. =A0All these examples and others lead me to say that puppet theater continually reveals in an immediately accessible manner the deepest values of a particular culture and its moment.
>
> Dr. John T. Bell
> Director
> Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
> University of Connecticut
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: puptcrit-bounces-AT-puptcrit.org [mailto:puptcrit-bounces-AT-puptcrit.org] On Behalf Of jon green
> Sent: Monday, July 06, 2009 1:00 PM
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> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Arizona video
>
> Last I checked Austria is part of Europe. =A0The puppet that you
> describe is pictured in "Popular Puppet Theatre in Europe,
> 1800-1914". =A0I believe that it is tin, not paper.
>
> Jon
>
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