In order to work on your Context Paper for the Dramaturgy Sequence you will need to research the world around the play at the time it was written, beyond what is included in the Norton introduction to each play.
This page offers guidance on completing this research, as well as recommended sources for the time period studied in the class.
When searching Primo for books about context, try these search terms:
everyday life, use social life and customs, e.g. England Social life and customs 16th century
first productions and staging, use stage history, e.g., Jonson stage history
history of the period, use country and century, e.g., Spain 17th century;
broad overview of country or city's history, use country and civilization, e.g,. Spain Civilization 1516-1700
works about the theatre, use theater and country, e.g., Theater England History
critical works, use criticism, e.g., Shakespeare AND criticism; English drama Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 history and criticism
views of the author, use author and political and social views or author and religion, e.g., "Sor Juana Ines" AND political AND social views; Marlowe AND religion
Note: When searching by subject, use the ER spelling of theater.
Start with these background sources to establish factual evidence for a play and its historical period.
ARTstor is a large collection of digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences from museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates. Click on the ARTstor logo to begin your search.
Theatre Research International publishes articles on theatre practices in their social, cultural, and historical contexts, their relationship to other media of representation, and to other fields of inquiry.
Theatre Survey provides rigorous historical and theoretical studies of theatre and performance across all periods, cultures, and methodologies.
Theatre History Studies provides critical, analytical, and descriptive articles on all aspects of theatre history.
Early Theatre provides research in medieval or early modern drama and theatre history, rooted in the records and documents of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.
Start with these databases to find articles relating to the historical and social context of the play.