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Walter Puchner was born in Vienna. He studied theater at the University
of Vienna and got his Ph.D. in 1972 for his work on Greek puppet theater.
After publishing his work on "Birth of theater in Greek Popular Culture",
he became professor at the University of Vienna in 1977. He then moved
to Greece where he still resides. He has taught at the University of Crete
and he is presently professor of Theater at the University of Athens.
He was elected a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 1994. He
has published more than 30 books and 200 articles on theater in Greece
and the Balkans, comparative folk culture, Byzantine and Modern Greek
studies and theory of theater and drama.
Shadow theater in the Balkan peninsula: from Ottoman Kargoz to Greek Karaghiozis.
"Theatre" in Byzantium? A reevaluation of the arguments.
Modernism in Modern Greek theater.
The stranger (xenos) in Greek folk song.
Stagecraft in Cretan theater.
Common structures in the theater of South-Eastern Europe: from the Renaissance to World War I.
Historical events in recent Greek folk song.
The Cretan Song "Vienna".
The influence of Ancient Greek Dram in Europe from the Renaissance to the Early Twentieth Century.
The survival of Cretan Renaissance literature in Greek fold culture.
Folk Drama and folk theater in South-Eastern Europe.