This page outlines the resources for Ray Saraceni's Dramaturgy course. Below are the databases we covered in class as well as additional resources that may be useful in your research.
Databases for Books and Scholarly Articles: Contains MLA (covered in class) and other sources for finding scholarly peer reviewed criticism.
Newspapers and Reviews: Contains links to current and historical newspapers, which are excellent resources for finding theatre reviews.
Theatre Specific Databases: Contains databases and reoursces dedicated specifically to a wide range of theatre topics. Many of these sites contain resources for images of specific plays, reviews, and other information about plays, productions and playwrights.
Images: Contains databases and resources specificly for images and image sharing, but not limited to theatre.
Organizing & Citing Your Sources: Has links to RefWorks, Zotero, Scrivener, and MLA style guides.
Databases for Books and Scholarly Articles
WorldCat is a catalog of library collections worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.WorldCat Step-by-Step
is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.
]MLA International Bibliography (ProQuest)
Consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Includes citations to articles from over 4,400 journals and series published internationally, as well as monographs, collections, and various types of reference works. Subscription to the MLA International Bibliography also includes access to the MLA Directory of Periodicals.
]Humanities Full Text (EBSCO)
Includes many of the most important academic journals in the humanities with the full text of articles from over 300 periodicals and high-quality indexing for almost 700 journals in archaeology, art , classics, film, folklore, journalism, linguistics, music, the performing arts, philosophy, religion, world history and world literature. The database also provides coverage of interviews, bibliographies, obituaries, and original works of fiction, drama, poetry and book reviews, as well as reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, radio and television programs, plays, operas, and more.
]World Shakespeare Bibliography Online (Johns Hopkins)
Provides annotated entries for all important books, articles, book reviews, as well as theatrical productions, reviews of productions and other material related to Shakespeare published or produced between 1960 and 2013, with coverage continuing to extend forward and backward in time.
]Drama Criticism (Gale)
Provides critical analyses of significant dramatists or plays. For each play or playwright featured, a full range of critical opinion is presented, along with a biographical sketch, a chronological list of the writer's major works and more. Approximately 90-95% of critical essays are full text. Titles of the plays are searchable. Reprints also available from Literature Resource Center
Newspapers & Reviews
Lexis Nexis Academic
Provides full-text access to a wide range of news (national, international, regional, business, legal, and foreign language), business (company financial news and information, accounting, auditing & tax information, industry and market news), and legal (law reviews, federal case law, state legal research) sources. It also features news transcripts, the U.S. Code, Constitution & Court rules, state and country profiles, medical abstracts, and reference & directory sources.
Contains the complete text of articles covered beginning with 1981. It DOES NOT include advertising, calendar listings, horoscopes, sports statistics, stock tables, weather, weddings, engagements and puzzles.
]Historical New York Times: 1851-2009 (ProQuest)The New York Times
is a unique full-image archive that brings you the entire historical run of The New York Times
, in-depth coverage of science and politics. It offers complete coverage from 1851 to the present with the exception of the most current two years. Includes classified ads, comics and cartoons, photos, maps, graphics, etc., editorials and commentary.
]The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 (Gale)
The Times is the "world's newspaper of record" and covers all major international historical events from the French Revolution to the Falkland War. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching. It is a digital reproduction, cover to cover, of the paper in PDF files.
Includes access to the full text of over 1,300 newspapers, news websites and blogs including The New York Times
, Wall Street Journal
and Washington Post
, plus other important U.S., international and minority interest papers.
]America’s Historical Newspapers: 1690-1922 (Readex)
A digital collection of early American newspapers from 1690 to 1922, that includes the Philadelphia Inquirer
]Burney Collection Newspapers: Seventeenth-Eighteenth Century (Gale)
Explore the early history of the English newspaper. Learn about the English Civil War, the Restoration and 18th century political and cultural developments.“The newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media. The present digital collection, that helps chart the development of the concept of ‘news’ and ‘newspapers’ and the “free press,” totals almost 1 million pages and contains approximately 1,270 titles. Many of the Burney newspapers are well known, but many pamphlets and broadsides also included have remained largely hidden. Newly digitized, all Burney treasures are now fully text-searchable.
]Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (EBSCO)
Provides indexing of over three million articles from more than 550 leading magazines, including full coverage of the original print volumes of Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature™
. Subject coverage includes arts, business, computers, crafts, dance, drama, education, entertainment, fashion, film & television, food, gardening, health and medicine, home improvement, literature, news and current events, photography, popular and classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, sports and fitness, technology, transportation, travel and more.
]Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals (Gale)Access the enormous range of nineteenth-century periodical literature
(1800-1900). Of interest to historians and students of nineteenth-century literature and culture, empire, feminism, the history of the book, the creative and performing arts, sport and leisure, science and medicine, the professions, in short, of all aspects of nineteenth-century life that the press encompassed.
]British Periodicals Collection I (ProQuest)
The database consists of more than 160 journals spanning the late 17th through early 20th centuries, and covering a range of topics such as literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences. This resource has facsimile page images and searchable full text for nearly 500 British periodicals published.
Theatre Specific Databases
North American Theatre Online (Alexander Street Press)
Includes more than 40,000 pages of important reference sources in electronic format, indexed and searchable along with all the other content. O’Dell’s Annals of the New York Stage, the Oxford University Press Companion series, and Greenwood’s American Theatre Companies series are just a few of the many in-copyright sources. Also, in-depth records cover tens of thousands of plays, including many previously unpublished works by major authors—not only major and known plays, but also partial works, works that have never been performed, and works that were believed lost, providing researchers with unique and never-before-seen information. Related resources include thousands of playbills, posters, photographs, and related theatrical ephemera.
]The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre & Performance
This encyclopedia provides authoritative and up-to-date information about theatre and performance from ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and around the globe.
]A Chronology of American Musical Theatre
1st floor, Falvey Library
]American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment 1870-1920
]Broadway Musicals, 1943-2004
1st floor, Falvey Library
]Contemporary Theatre Film & Television
]Internet Broadway Database
]DIDASKALIA: Ancient Theater Today
]Database of Early English Playbooks (DEEP)
DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks allows scholars and students to investigate the publishing, printing, and marketing of English Renaissance drama in ways not possible using any other print or electronic resource. An easy-to-use and highly customizable search engine of every playbook produced in England, Scotland, and Ireland from the beginning of printing through 1660, DEEP provides a wealth of information about the original playbooks, their title-pages, paratextual matter, advertising features, bibliographic details, and theatrical backgrounds.
]Play Index (EBSCO)Play Index
searches over 30,000 plays written from Antiquity to the present and published from 1949 to the present. Covers a wide range of plays written in or translated into English, including mysteries, pageants, plays in verse, puppet performances, radio and television plays, and classic drama. Search for plays by title, author, subject, style, genre, or cast type.
]Playbill VaultPlaybill Vault is the largest source of information about Broadway people, shows, theatres, awards, Playbill covers and Who's Who biographies.
ARTstor is a non-profit digital image library, founded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with a mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching and learning in the arts and associated fields.
]Associated Press Images
The Associated Press, is one of the world's largest collections of historical and contemporary imagery. AP's mission is to be the essential global news network, providing distinctive news services of the highest quality, reliability and objectivity with reports that are accurate, balanced and informed. For more than a century, AP photographers have captured the greatest moments in history, news, sports and entertainment.
]Art Project (by Google)
Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.
]World Painting Index.
Falvey Memorial Library
Course Required Readings
Click on the titles below to see *library catalog records for your course readings.
-Aeschylus, The Oresteia, trans. Richmond Lattimore,U. of Chicago Press
-Aristophanes, Lysistrata, trans. Donald Sutherland,Chandler Publishing
-Banham, Cambridge Guide to Theatre, Cambridge University Press
-Brown, Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre,Oxford University Press
-Euripides, Medea, trans. Rex Warner,U. of Chicago Press
-Gassner, ed. Medieval and Tudor Drama, Applause Books
-Gerould, Theatre/Theory/Theatre, Applause Books
-Giannetti & Ruggeiro, eds. Five Comedies from the Italian Renaissance, -Johns HopkinsUniversityPress
-Goethe, Faust, Part I, trans. Maryin Greenberg,YaleUniversity Press
-Hugo, Four Plays, Methuen World Classics
-Moliere, Tartuffe, trans. Maya Slater,Oxford World Classics
-O’Bryhim, Greek and Roman Comedy, U. of Texas Press
-Lope de Vega, Three Major Plays, trans. Gwynne Edwards, Oxford University Press
-Wycherley, Country Wife, University of Nebraska Press
-Schechner, Between Theatre and Anthropology,University of Pennsylvania Press
*At the time that this list was added, a few of the above titles were not available through the library catalog. However, I have ordered them and they should be available shortly.
If you see a title listed as "unavailable" it is because it is either currently check out or because it is on order, but has not arrived yet. Also please note that library editions may not be the same as those listed above.
If the linked copy is unavailable, do a title search for the text because the library may have more than one copy.
Suggested Book List
Book List for Theatre 7120-001 Classic Dramaturgy
This is a list of print books compiled as a starting point for dramaturgy students. It should help to give an idea of the kinds of books available to you and where you can find them in the library.
Pay special attention to call numbers because these will help you locate books on similar topics. For example:
If you are looking for architectural ideas/inspirations and you find Art nouveau architecture : residential masterpieces, 1892-1911
(Call Number: NA7125.S5513 1992
and you want to find other books on architecture look at the call number for the book you have found "NA7125.S5513 1992." The most important part of a call number is the starting letters in this case "NA" because this will tell you that architecture books are shelved in the "NA" section, then use the preceding numbers "7125" to direct you to the specific area on the shelf where you book and other books like it are shelved.
Organizing & Citing Your Sources
Organizing Your Sources
Never type a bibliography again! RefWorks
will help you easily gather, manage, and store bibliographic citations for all types of information, as well as generate footnotes and bibliographies.
to view a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up a RefWorks account.Zotero
Zotero is a free, open source citation tool developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for New Media at George Mason University. It’s been funded by the Mellon and Sloan foundations, as well as the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Start using Zotero HERE
MLA Style Guide
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University
houses writing resources and instructional material, and they provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.
is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.
Remember, for more resources you can always check the Theatre Subject Guide.
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