WR 243/247: Scriptwriting /Love: Dramaturgy
Dramaturgy is the research that goes into understanding the world of the play.
- The author and the world in which she or he lived
- The world in which the play takes place
- The play's production history
- Critical analyses of the play
The World of the Author
Want to know what was happening during the time in which the author lived? Check out the appropriate Chronology of World History below!
History of the Play
These sources will help you find reviews and other historical information about past productions of your play. You can also try to do a search for the title of your play as a subject in the advanced catalog search to see what books exist about your play.
Getting a book we don't have
If we don't have a book, chances are we can get it for you!
When you find an item with a "Find and request" message that means the book is not in our collection or is checked out.
You may be able to request the book from a library in our region using the blue "Get it" buttons to request a physical copy of the book or digital chapters from the book. Click on the book you want, and if you don't see "Get it" buttons to request a physical or digital copy of the book, you will need to log in with your MyPCC username and password after you click the blue "Sign in" button.
Physical Item Requests
Requested physical items can be delivered to any PCC Library at no cost for pick-up in the amount of time listed in the "Get it from other locations" section (usually 7 days). An email to your MyPCC account will notify you when your item is ready for pick up. Items must be picked up within seven calendar days after they are available. Return your borrowed items to any PCC library.
Digital Chapter Requests
Requested digital items (such as book chapters) should be delivered via email in the amount of time listed in the "Get it from other locations" section (often 24 hours). You will receive requested PDFs via email.
Learn more at our "Requesting Library Materials" page.
What Was Life Like Then?
To find books on the social history of a particular place and time, there are three possible ways to search the catalog. Each may pull up different books, so it's a good idea to try all three.
1. Search for your place and/or time with the term daily life
- Example: Middle Ages daily life
2. Search for your place and/or time with the term social life and customs
3. Search for your place and/or time with the term social conditions
Here are a few of other sources that may be useful to you in looking at daily life in America in different regions and time periods:
What Did They Wear?
How Did They Talk?
Finding Criticism of Your Play
These three databases contain literary and drama criticism, and you may find criticism of your play in one of the following three databases and the eBook.
You can also try to do a search for the title of your play as a subject in the advanced catalog search to see what books exist about your play.