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English Literature Studies: Plays
A guide to English literature and literary criticism.
Provides a forum for writing about performances and their social, economic, and political contexts, emphasizing the experimental, avant-garde, intercultural, and interdisciplinary. Full text of TDR is available online.
English Verse Drama covers the late thirteenth century through the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods to the end of the nineteenth century. A verse drama is generally defined as a work acted on or intended for the stage which is either completely in verse or includes significant verse content. It adds six centuries of poetry intended for the stage, masques and short dramatic pieces written primarily in verse, works written for children and numerous adaptations.
English Prose Drama is based on plays listed in the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature that were written or intended for the stage and wholly or primarily in prose. EPD contains more than 1,800 plays by approximately 400 authors from the renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century.
American Drama contains American dramatic literature from 1714 to the present, with more than 700 plays written by over 300 American dramatists. The collection will grow to contain more than 2,000 titles.
In Dramatists Play Service, Inc., search by using the "Playfinder" to search for plays by cast size or keyword. A brief synopsis of the play is included in the brief record. Mainly targeted toward sales of plays.
Open Source Shakespeare includes a search engine designed to provide quick access to passages from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. Search results are organized by topic, work, and character. This site is provided by the George Mason University.
Offers play details such as author, title (and alternative title), date of writing, date and place of first performance, publication date, dramatic genre, setting and time of action, and cast composition. Also includes a brief synopsis and commentary.
Although older, the following resources are helpful in finding works that Play Index may not include.
indexes authors, titles, and plays of a particular nation or time period. Contains a subject index, an author index, a play index, and an editor index. Not held on site, this item can be requested via OhioLINK from storage.
Contains author and title entries for plays appearing in periodicals through 1976.
It is mostly simple to find plays by title or author in Summon (BGSU library), the BGSU Library Catalog (BGSU), OhioLINK (Ohio libraries), or WorldCat (libraries around the world).
But many plays are published in collections and you may or may not find them with a title search. For these, use the Play Index (1949-2002) to find the titles of the anthologies a play appears in, then search the library catalogs listed below for the anthology.
WorldCat contains catalog records, locations, and library borrowing information for books, journals, videos, sound recordings, archival materials and more owned by millions of libraries all over the world.
If you are researching a play, use the databases listed on the Literary Criticism guide to find books or journal articles discussing the play, its author, or its performances. Plot Summaries will guide you to a source containing, well, a plot summary. A separate guide to theatre resources, including additional information on finding play texts and criticism, is found in our Theatre LibGuide. At any rate, depending on your project or need, all of these tabs might be useful. So, we're glad you stopped by, but don't make this your only stop.