Petrushka: The Russian Carnival Puppet Theatre by Catriona KellyPetrushka: The Russian Carnival Puppet Theatre by Catriona Kelly

Petrushka: The Russian Carnival Puppet Theatre

byCatriona Kelly

Paperback | February 12, 2009

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Petrushka, the Russian equivalent of Punch and Judy, was one of the most popular spectacles at fairgrounds and in city courtyards for over a century. Catriona Kelly's study, the first to appear in English, traces the history of Petrushka, illustrating how it reflected the tensions of Russian urban life both before and after the Revolution. Written from a standpoint informed by literary theory, her book at the same time breaks open the categories traditionally applied, both in the Soviet Union and in the West, to the study of Russian literature and popular culture. Contemporary interpretations of Petrushka on the street, high-cultural appropriations of it for a bourgeois and intellectual readership (notably the famous ballet by Benois and Stravinsky), and adaptations made for agit-prop purposes are all analysed. Based on a wide range of unusual materials, this lively and very readable account will appeal not only to literary specialists, but also to those interested in cultural politics, folklore, women's studies and popular theatre.
Title:Petrushka: The Russian Carnival Puppet TheatreFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.71 inPublished:February 12, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521108993

ISBN - 13:9780521108997


Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; A note on transliteration and abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Petrushka and the fairground; 2. The physiognomy of Petrushka; 3. Petrushka, Punch and Pulcinella; 4. Petrushka and Petrushka: fairground and carnival in high literature; 5. Sanitary Petrushka and sanitised Petrushka: the agit-prop puppet theatre; Conclusion; Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Index.