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THEA 362: Theatre History & Dramatic Literature: Try It!

Try it!

Try it!

Let's take some time during class to find scholarly sources. If you've already picked a play, do the following steps with that play in mind. If you haven't, just pick one of the plays from the list for practice (for today only).

  • Skim the Wikipedia page about the play. If the play doesn't have a Wikipedia page, use Google to find other overviews of the play online.
  • Look for clues that you could follow up on, such as these:
    • Citations to scholarly sources
    • Interesting words or phrases (people, places, events, concepts, etc.)
  • Using Quest and/or the library databases, search for scholarly sources that match the clues.

When the time is up, we'll ask for volunteers to share interesting scholarly sources that they found.

List of plays

  • The Dutchman by Amiri Baraka
  • Hot N' Throbbing by Paula Vogel
  • Pentecost by David Edgar
  • Translations by Brian Friel
  • Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht
  • The Clown Show by Jean Genet
  • RUR by Karel ńĆapek
  • The Color of Justice by Richard Norton Taylor
  • Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
  • For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange
  • The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neill
  • Machinal by Sophie Treadwell
  • Hamletmachine by Heiner Müller
  • Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights by Gertrude Stein