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THTR 11A: Global Perspectives in Theatre (Bracco)

A guide to researching plays, playwrights, performance types, and production histories in different time periods and global theatrical traditions

Encyclopedias of World Theatre in General

The following encyclopedias contain good introductory articles about playwrights and their plays.  They are a good place to start your research.  Besides giving concise overviews of the authors and their major works, they will often suggest the most important books and articles to turn to next for more information.

Encyclopedias of North American Theatre

The following encyclopedias contain good introductory articles about playwrights of the United States and Canada and their plays.  They are a good place to start your research.  Besides giving concise overviews of the authors and their major works, they will often suggest the most important books and articles to turn to next for more information.

Encyclopedias of Theatrical Traditions Outside of North America

The following encyclopedias contain good introductory articles about playwrights and their works from specific countries and regions of the world other than North America.  They are a good place to start your research.  Besides giving concise overviews of the authors and their major works, they will often suggest the most important books and articles to turn to next for more information.

Shakespeare

The following reference books are excellent resources to begin your research on the plays of William Shakespeare, as well as on all aspects of his life and times, and major productions of the plays from the first performances in Elizabethan England to today.

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