Tips for Using Oscar Brockett's History of the Theatre
History of the Theatre is
located on the 3RD FLOOR at call number 792.09 B86h 1999. (One copy of the 1999
edition is on Reserve at the Library Services Desk on the 1ST FLOOR of Owens
Library at the call number 792.09 .B86h, 1999.)
Note: This work will
be referred to as Brockett in this guide.
One: Table of Contents
- Start your examination
of Brockett by looking through the table of contents.
- Locate the chapter
that covers the time period and nation that you have chosen for your assignment
(if that is appropriate).
- Note that many chapters
have a section devoted to costumes, scene design and theater architecture,
actors and acting. Historical and cultural aspects of the time period and
nation are often considered as well. For example, below are listed sections
treating government regulation of the theater, financial policies, audiences
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- Use the index to find
an instance of a particular term or concept. The index of Brockett contains
references to people (including play authors, actors and other theater personalities),
individual works (displayed in italics), nations or geographic areas, types
of theater (comedy, farce, festivals, mime, tragedy, etc.) and important
theater concepts (costumes, scenery, stage, theatre architecture).
- In the example below,
you can find the discussion of scenery for different nations at specific
points throughout the text.
- A bibliography
is a list of the sources (books, articles, documents) consulted by the
author while writing.
- The bibliography
is usually located at end of a chapter or at the end of the book. In
Brockett, the bibliography is listed at the end of the book contents
before the index, page 675.
- Use the library
catalog to determine if any of the works consulted by the author are
available Owens Library.
- In the example
below, two of the books used to write chapter 6, The Globe Playhouse
and The First Public Playhouse are available in Owens Library.