This list, PUPTCRIT, was created in 1994 by Malgosia Askanas,
William Elston, and Michele Macaluso. It was originally
conceived as a puppetry-oriented offshoot of ARTCRIT,
an art-discussion list created and owned by Michele Macaluso
and hosted (at that time) at York University. In 1995, PUPTCRIT
was moved to the University of Virginia, and became
part of the collection of lists - most of them dedicated
to philosophy and cultural theory - owned and run by the
Spoon Collective. In late 2004, the Spoon Collective was
dissolved and PUPTCRIT was moved out of Virginia.
PUPTCRIT is an electronic forum for the discussion of
the aesthetics, history, experience, theory and praxis
of puppet theatre.
If you are a performer and use any type of puppet technology in your
production, or if you are a historian interested in the 'bastaxi' or
wandering puppeteers of the early Middle Ages, the Karagiozis of Greece and
Turkey, the elaborate productions of the Chinese Opera Puppet Theatre, the
oversized theatre of "Orlando Furioso" or Kwakiutal marionettes, or if you
are writing a thesis on the use of puppets in psychotherapy or on the
relationship between "Punch and Judy" and Artaud's "Theatre of Cruelty",
you may have something valuable to contribute to the other subscribers to
It would also be appropriate to explore, on this list, ideas about the
theory of puppet performance, and the construction of puppets and puppet
theatre as those arts pertain to general aesthetic issues. You may also use
the list as a forum to discuss ideas about tradition and innovation in
puppet production, and about the integration of puppetry into experimental
performance hybrids and table-top theatre productions.
We hope to establish an ftp site for the trading of scanned photographs,
papers, scripts and designs related to puppetry, and encourage the sharing
of descriptions of puppet performance directly with the list.
PLEASE NOTE that the intent of PUPTCRIT is to be hospitable to _all_
puppeteers, irrespective of their religious beliefs and their political
views. Expressing religious or political viewpoints that do not have
a direct connection with what unites us -- a concern for the well-being
and blossoming of the art of puppetry -- is likely to have the effect,
even if unintendedly, of a provocation or an act of unhospitality.
Such an expression is never likely to be neutral or innocent, since
PUPTCRIT is emphatically _not_ intended to be a Christian list or a Zionist
list or a feminist list or a left-leaning list or a patriotic list. Anybody who uses the list to
subject its members to religious or political pronouncements that are
not related to our shared interest in the past, present and future of puppetry
will be subject to unsubscription by the moderators.
PLEASE do not forward to PUPTCRIT virus-alert warnings about computer viruses
transmitted via e-mail. These are invariably hoaxes, and do nothing for
the well-being of the list.
In order to send a message ot the puptcrit list (i.e. to all the subscribers)
send it to:
To subscribe/unsubscribe to PUPTCRIT, use the Web interface at
You can also subscribe/unsubscribe via email, by sending a message with
Notice that the "request" address on the line above is different from the
address of the PUPTCRIT list itself. The difference is as follows.
"puptcrit" is basically a list of e-mail
addresses; to send a message to "puptcrit" is equivalent to requesting
that the message get distributed to all the addresses on the list.
"puptcrit-request", on the other hand, connects to a program which
accepts commands sent to it by mail. The number of commands it understands
is limited, and they all have to do with the upkeep of mailing lists - mainly
adding and deleting addresses from the lists. Thus, a message sent to
"puptcrit" will simply appear, verbatim, in the mailbox of each subscriber;
a message sent to "puptcrit-request" will either result in some administrative
action being taken or in a reply notifying you that your command has not
The archives for the list are at http://www.driftline.org and at http://lists.puptcrit.org/mailman/private/puptcrit/.
If you need further help or have any questions, please contact the
technical liaison for the list, Malgosia Askanas (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To see the collection of prior postings to the list,
visit the puptcrit
(The current archive is only available to the list