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Theatre - History of Theatre I: History/Context

Suggested resources for the History of Theatre course.

The following page covers how to search for historical information on the time period a play was written. Studying the time period (social, political, cultural, religious, etc.) provides insight as to how the environment may have impacted the playwright.

Background Information (books)

Perform a keyword search in VANCAT for the time period of the play. 

Time periods:

  • Ancient Greek
  • Ancient Rome
  • Medieval
  • Italian Renaissance
  • Elizabethan/Jacobean
  • Spanish Golden Age
  • French Neoclassic - mostly 17th century

Add keywords like history, culture, politics, religion, etc... to narrow down your search. The following are some search examples:

Examples of resources available via the Vanguard Library:

Background Information (databases)