Perform contextual research to identify the unique factors that contribute to the play’s context and informs a deeper reading of the script itself. Use these questions to guide your research about contextual research.
When looking for contextual information, try these types of sources:
It may be helpful to create a concept map as a way of brainstorming about the culture and context of a play.
Example of a concept map for Angels in America
Search for broad topics in these sources.
Check Primo to find biographies and other sources about the playwright. Use quotes around the author's name, ex. "George Bernard Shaw"
For newer playwrights, check newspaper databases and websites about the playwright.
Use the following databases to find more in-depth historical analyses:
The databases listed below are examples of databases that cover a wide range of topics and can be useful for finding context.
Note: If you need discipline-specific resources, it is better to use the recommended subject databases under the "articles" tab in the library subject guides.