Mary Hillier, Automata and Mechanical Toys, Bloomsbury
London 1988 (1976) good general introduction
Steven Connor, Dumbstruck A Cultural History of Ventriloquism, OUP Oxford 200 and a fine study of the creepiness of it all. See also
Danny Kaye in Knock on Wood.
Daniel Tiffany, Toy Medium, Materialism and Modern Lyric University of California Press, berkeley and London 2000, a broad
and well structured argument about the materiality of things, and
with wsections on the Philosophy of Toys.
Harold Segel, Pinocchio's Progeny, Puppets, marionettes,
Auotmata and Robots in Modernist and Avant-garde Drama, The
John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore 1995
Scott Shershow, Puppets and 'Popular Culture' Cornell
Universoty Press, Ithaca and London 1995.
S. Bann (ed) Frankenstein, Creation and Monstrosity,
Reaktion, London 1994
Richard Kendall, Degas and the Little Dancer, Yale,
New Haven 1998, an exhibition catalogue for Baltimore and others.