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Starting points for research in drama

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Finding plays by a diverse range of historical playwrights--in this case we'll define that term "historical" as prior to 1900--can be hard. Like, really hard! The creation of a dramatic canon has pretty much privileged white men from Western Europe. This page is an attempt to help you discover a more inclusive set of historical playwrights and their plays, so you can discover wonderful plays that deserve the time and attention paid to others.

Unlike the other pages in the Diverse Plays group, this is not just a listing of playwrights, but instead is a wealth of resources and strategies to help you delve into this realm of research. Use these resources as starting off points to further your exploration. Look at the books on the shelves next to these. Get out there and find something old that should be new again!

Play Anthologies


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Research Resources

General Resources



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