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Theatre Appreciation - 1100 Professor Barrett: B - Author's World


Area B: The Author and His/Her Worlds

The play in the context of the playwright's life, career, other works, etc. These are the subjective elements, affect the values the playwright wrote into the text. When doing research on the playwright and his/her world look for information that relates to the playwright's influences, life experiences, dominate themes, social, political, philosophical, and moral attitudes during the author’s lifetime.

Finding Background Information

Find out background information on your topic using the online encyclopedias listed below.

The following timeline resources are good for identifying events that had taken place in given years.

Recommended Databases

Video Resources

Video resources can provide access to filmed productions of plays, or documentaries of about topics related to plays under study.  Note that some video resources have additional information, such as essays about the playwright, production or topic that can help you contextualize your analysis of the play.  

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