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Dramaturgical Research

Dramaturgical research is the use of theater based information to explore the many facets of a given play: its author, context in our world and the world of the play, production history, critical analysis and interpretation, and sources, influences, and analogues. This page is intended to provide some starting points for dramaturgical research at Collins Library, University of Puget Sound. Students are encouraged to ask a librarian at the information desk on the main floor for additional help. Send comments about this page to Lori Ricigliano. Note: Database access is restricted to authorized users of the University.

Table of Contents

Area A: Worlds of the Play | Area B: The Author and His/Her Worlds | Area C: Our World and the Worlds of the Play | Area D: Production History | Area E: Drama Criticism | Area F: Images and Sounds | Area G: Sources, Influences & Analogues 

Links to other UPS Dramaturgical Research Web Pages: Vinegar Tom  | Three Sisters | Seagull | Henry V



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Area A: Worlds of the Play

Concerns the setting in which the action takes place. The setting includes:
specific information about the environment, what has happened before the play begins, and the attitudes of characters toward the world of the play.

When doing research on the world of the play, look for information about:
Good starting points for information about the world of the play include:


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Area B: The Author and His/Her Worlds

These are the subjective elements which will have affected the values the playwright wrote into the text.

When doing research on the playwright and his/her world, look for information about:
Good starting points for information about the author and his/her world:





Area C: Our World and the Worlds of the Play


This area includes interaction among the worlds of the play, the author, and the audience.

map When doing research about the world of the audience, look for information about:
Good starting points for information about the world of the audience:





Area D: Production History


Includes original and subsequent productions. Critics generally discuss:
overall critical reception, theatrical innovations, director's approach, casting, and staging.

Good starting points for finding information about production history include:

 




Area E: Drama Criticism

Analysis of play’s contribution to literature with an emphasis on:
ideas, language and style, character development

 

When doing research on drama criticism, look for:
Good starting points for drama criticism include:


 

Area E: Images and Sounds 

These include video clips, music, photographs, and images
(representational, metaphorical, and abstract).

 

Good starting points for finding images and sounds:


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Area G: Sources, Influences, and Analogues

An exploration of those materials that helped provide a basis for the play, that influenced its development, or that share similar attributes, qualities, or characteristics

Good starting points for information about sources, influences and analogues:

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Content Contact: Lori Ricigliano
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