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Twentieth-Century Drama

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Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus) Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus)
1890s to the present

Twentieth-Century Drama is a collection of published plays throughout the English-speaking world from the 1890s to the present. It contains the work of authors from North America and Canada, Britain and Ireland, India, Africa, Australia and the Caribbean. Subject categories include:African American drama, American ethnic theatre traditions, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, popular successes, women playwrights, The complete works of Bernard Shaw, Irish Theatre, "1956 revolution" at London's Royal Court Theatre, The Royal Court's first era of avant-garde prominence, political plays, historical dramas, alternative and community theatre, global and postcolonial theatre in English, Innovative re-readings of the classics.

In addition to the text, there is subject and monologue indexing. With a subject field search you may restrict searches to plays with specified topical subjects or settings. For example:Geographical locations -- London, Paris, Vienna, New York City, the Appalachian Mountains, Hawaii, Sicily, Australia, New Delhi, Yorkshire and Nigeria; istorical settings -- 19th Century, World War I, World War II, the American Civil War, the Easter Rising or the Vietnam War; historical figures -- Shakespeare, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Jack the Ripper, Alexander the Great;or topical subjects -- Disability, Education, Sexual Politics, Marriage, Strikes, and the African-American Experience to Baseball, Newspapers, Turkish Baths and Strip-Tease.

"Twentieth-Century Drama is a truly global collection, containing an extensive collection of play texts by over 300 principal authors from North America and Canada, Britain and Ireland, India, Africa, Australia and the Caribbean. The collection's breadth of content and powerful search options allow users to open up connections between classic plays such as Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan (1923), Thornton Wilder's Our Town (1938), August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1984), David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow (1987), Harold Pinter's The Homecoming (1965) or Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa (1990) and less well-known texts drawn from the full range of modern theatrical traditions. Areas such as postcolonial writing, women's theatre, and community theatre are given full representation, and Naturalist, Expressionist and absurdist works appear alongside popular comedies, melodramas, farces and thrillers."

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IUB Library Subjects:
  • Theatre and Drama
  • English and American Language and Literature

Library of Congress Subjects:

Drama -- 20th century -- Databases.
English drama -- 20th century -- Databases.
American drama -- 20th century -- Databases.