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THEA 260:Theatre and Revolution: Welcome

Searching Tips

Here are some tips for searching for information resources for this class:

  • Use truncation (*) to search for variations of a root word at once. For example, searching for dadais* will look for "dadaism" and "dadaist" at the same time. You may also want to search for "theat*" to get "theater" and "theatre" at the same time.
  • Use Credo (see below) to find reference book articles on your topic when you are first starting out. It can help to find out what time period you're looking for, what the traits of that movement are, what country it originated in, why it started, and who the most important artists and works are (including playwrights and plays).
  • Constructivism is the hardest to search for because it is a big concept in education and even searching for "constructivi* and theatre" will get results on how to teach theatre, although some of the results will be about constructivist theatre. You may have more luck finding out who some of the main artists and works are for the movement and look them up. You may also try searching for "constructivi* and theatre" in one search box and then NOT Vygotsky (the educational theorist).
  • Use ARTstor to find artwork from that time period (you may also find photographs of stage productions). Consider using the time limiter (particularly for Symbolism) to narrow down to works created during the time of your movement.
  • When looking for books in WorldCat, consider using one of the following Library of Congress Subject Headings:
    • Futurism (Literary movement)
    • Symbolism (Literary movement)
    • Dadaism
    • Constructivism (Art) or Constructivism (Russian literature)

Helpful Databases

Books to Find (Class Exercise)

  • Meyerhold on Theatre (Constructivism)
  • Dada and Beyond
  • Symbolist Theater: The Formation of an Avant-Garde
  • Futurist Dramaturgy and Performance


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