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Theatre 371: Conventions

Conventions Assignment

Prepare and turn in a bibliography and set of images related to the performance traditions considered that day.  Use sources that extend well beyond the ones provided for the class in the reader. Please use ArtStor to look for images related to your performance mode.

Note: Check the assignment sheet for more detailed information.


  • Medieval English Cycle Plays & Processional Staging
  • Italian Renaissance Commedia dell'arte
  • Stuart England's Court Masques

Subject Databases

These subject databases may be especially useful for your research project for this class.

Mulitdisciplinary Databases

Use these databases to find articles from more than one academic discipline.

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Medieval English Cycle Plays and Processional Staging

  • Theater -- England -- History -- Medieval, 500-1500
  • Mysteries and miracle-plays, English -- History and criticism
  • Christian drama, English (Middle) -- History and criticism
  • Bible plays, English -- History and criticism

Commedia dell'arte

  • Commedia dell'arte -- History and criticism
  • Theater -- Italy -- History -- 16th century

Court Masques

  • Masques -- History and criticism
  • Masques with music -- 17th century -- History and Criticism

General Histories

  • Theater Great Britain History 17th century
  • Theater -- England -- History -- 16th century
  • Theater History Medieval

Examples of Books