Leaky Boundaries: Transversing the Abject through Puppetry Performance

Laura Purcell-Gates
Plenary paper presented at American Society for Theatre Research Conference Trans-. Minneapolis, MN, US. 4 November 2016In Wattle and Daub’s The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak, a reanimated corpse puppet leaks blood, excrement, and saliva on his journey through military torture, medical treatment, and morbid illness. In moments of memory, body parts of Snuff Puppets’ giant Everybody puppet detach from its dying body and secrete. Each of these moments unsettles the boundary between puppet...
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