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This library guide was originally designed for students in Tracy Riggs's Drama Survey I class (Fall 2016), and has been updated for her Theatre History II class (Spring 2017). It lists only a few selected resources; please see the other sections of the Theatre guide for more information, and don't hesitate to come to the reference desk for help on your specific topic, or e-mail the reference librarian.
Theatre books are in the PN area (PN 2000 to PN 3307), but there are books in other areas that may be useful (e.g., for ancient Greek theatre, books on Greek dramatists are in the PA area, and we have many books on ancient Greece whose call numbers begin DE or DF). A librarian can help you find these.
If you need a book, article, or play that we don’t have, please ask. If it’s in a library in the U.S. that will lend it to us, we’ll get it for you on interlibrary loan.
The Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy. (REF PA 3133 .E53 2014, 3 volumes)
We have books on most major playwrights, including Cambridge Companions on Edward Albee (PS 3551 .L25 Z596 2005), Samuel Beckett (PR6003 .E282 Z781726 2015), Brian Friel (PR 6056 .R5 Z558 2006), Sam Shepard (PS 3569 .H394 Z65 2002), Tom Stoppard (PR 6069 .T6 Z615 2001), and Oscar Wilde (PR 5824 .C36 1997).
We have several databases that may be useful depending on your topic. Again, see the reference librarian for details.
Here are call numbers for some of the plays on the syllabus for Spring 2017; you’ll find them on the lower level. If you can't find the play you want, ask at the reference desk.
Havel, Vaclav. Largo Desolato (adapted by Tom Stoppard) (PG 5039.18 .A9 L3713 1987)
Added March 2018:
In Lewis Library as of February 2019 (some may be on reserve--check the online catalog):