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Puppetry as reinforcement or rupture of cultural perceptions of the disabled body

Purcell-Gates, L and Fisher, E (2017) 'Puppetry as reinforcement or rupture of cultural perceptions of the disabled body.' Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 22 (3). pp. 363-372. ISSN 1470-112X

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Abstract

This article proposes puppetry as a practice uniquely situated to intervene in ideological constructions of the disabled body both onstage and off. Examining our current and recent practice-based research that uses puppetry to intervene in cultural perceptions of disability, we put forth a provocation, asking readers to consider the ways in which puppetry practices can be deployed to enable performances by disabled puppeteers as well as in ways that engage with cultural constructions of disability. We suggest that puppets, as bodies that are materially constructed, can both reinforce and rupture such constructions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: puppet, disability, bodies, Irish
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2017 10:13
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2017 10:13
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/9817
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