History of Puppet Theatre in Contexts and Developmental Connections 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
204LDD1 ZK 1 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Study aims:

  1. Introduction to the beginnings and forms of puppet theatre.
  2. Perception of puppets as a distinct means of artistic expression.
  3. Introduction to new tendencies and potential of contemporary world puppet theatre.
  4. Linking historical, theory and technological materials regarding the puppet theatre phenomenon.

Mode of study

Lecture, classes, discussion, media recording analysis, screenings.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

  1. General knowledge of fundamental theatrological studies regarding puppet theatre.
  2. Analytical and review skills. Working with (also foreign language) materials.

Course contents

The history of puppet theatre is understood in the context of all theatre and in relation to drama literature and graphic arts (set design) with an emphasis on the specific features of this type of theatre.


  1. Beginnings of puppet theatre, its characteristics and forms.
  2. Relation of traditional puppet theatre and its present types.
  3. The puppet as a expression tool in the a writer's and playwright's work in the 20th century.
  4. The puppet in the Modern - new viewpoints of puppets (particularly E.G. Craig).
  5. New tendencies in modern world puppet theatre.
  6. Rediscovered lost genres in puppet theatre.

Recommended or required reading

Jurkowski, Henryk: Magie loutky, Nakladatelství Studia Ypsilon, Praha 1997

Magnin, Charles: Dějiny loutkového divadla v Evropě I. díl, AMU, Praha 2005

Magnin, Charles: Dejiny loutkového divadla v Evropě II. díl, AMU, Praha 2010

Tománek, Alois: Podoby loutky, AMU, Praha 1998

Ribi, Hana: Edward Gordon Craig. Figura a abstrakce. AMU, Praha 2008

Semil, Malgorzata - Wysinska, Elizbieta : Slovník světového divadla, Divadelní ústav 1998

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on: lecture participation, class participation, completion of the final written and oral exam in each semester.


Two semester lecture.

Instruction schedule see: www DAMU / katedra ALD / Pro studenty / Rozvrhy

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

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