This presentation explores the work of three African American artists who maintained doll blogs and animated their dolls in brief video narratives between 2010 and 2015. Though puppetry normally excludes dolls on the grounds that dolls are ostensibly for static show or personal play whereas puppets are animated in performances earlier than an viewers, these movies are important as cases of African American object efficiency.
By specializing in grownup ladies of colour who not solely gather, but in addition play with dolls, this evaluation extends girlhood research, which, as a sub-discipline of gender research has approached doll play from historic, anthropological, and psychological views (Bernstein 2011, Chin 1999, Forman-Brunell 2012).
By contemplating YouTube as a platform the place tens if not lots of of 1000’s of women and girls produce, disseminate, and consider visible narratives utilizing dolls to symbolize myriad fictional worlds, this presentation additionally addresses a big physique of labor that movie research students have primarily ignored.
Lastly reviewing this physique of labor affords a mannequin of how puppeteers can join with audiences at a time when the way forward for reside theater is unsure.
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