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This article examines two “closeted” puppeteers, Forman Brown and Ralph Chessé, who demonstrate alterity’s ability to disrupt itself. Their puppets are both exotic (“different from me”) and incorporated (“like me”), as the artists’ hidden racial and sexual identities blur the boundaries between self and other.
puppet, representation, race and ethnicity, identity, gay, closeted
African American Studies | Arts and Humanities | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Other Arts and Humanities | Other Theatre and Performance Studies | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies
Fisler, Ben, "Ralph Chessé and Forman Brown: When Carving the Other is Carving the Self" (2023). Representing Alterity through Puppetry and Performing Objects. Edited by John Bell, Matthew Isaac Cohen, and Jungmin Song.