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Theater, Film and Television

A guide to theater, film and television research for Kingsborough students.

Books on Theater History

BookWe have a number of books on various subjects relating to theater history. You can find them most easily by searching our catalog, OneSearch

A few relevant subject headings for theater history listed below.  If you are searching in the catalog, try using these words in a keyword search. Subject headings with more titles are listed in bold.

These subjects are not intended to be an exhaustive list; they merely serve to give you ideas for relevant subject and keyword searches. Try looking at subject headings alphabetically to find more subject suggestions.

 Comedy--History and criticism Drama -- 19th century -- History and criticism Dramatists, English--Early modern, 1500 - 1700
English drama--Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600--History and criticism English drama--17th century--History and Criticism French Drama--16th century--History and criticism
French Drama--17th century--History and criticism Historical drama, American -- History and criticism  Historical drama, English--History and criticism
Greek drama--History and criticism Greek drama (Tragedy) -- History and criticism Latin drama (Comedy)--History and criticism
Theater--History Theater -- History -- 20th century Theater -- Ireland -- History
Marlowe, Christopher, 1564-1593--Criticism and interpretation Racine, Jean, 1639-1699 Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Biography
Sophocles--Criticism and interpretation Theater Theater and society
Theater -- Japan -- History -- 20th century Theater -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century Theater -- Production and direction -- Greece -- History -- To 1500
Theater -- Production and direction -- History -- 20th century Theater--Rome--History--To 500 Theater -- United States -- History
Theater -- United States -- History -- 19th century Theater -- United States -- History -- 20th century  Theaters -- England -- London -- History -- 16th century
Tragedy--History and criticism    


 If you would like to browse the collection, here are some potentially relevant call numbers. Specific reference recommendations are available below.

7th Floor: 

  • PN 1600-2000 Drama
    • PN 1625: Dictionaries
    • PN 1630: General Works
    • PN 1707: Criticism
    • PN 1720-1730: History
    • PN 1731-1861: Drama by period (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, etc.)
    • PN 1831-1861: Modern (17th to 20th century)
  • PN 2000-4400 Dramatic Representation. The Theater
    • PN 2098: Theater Posters
    • PN 2100-2193: History
    • PN 2131-2179: By Period (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, etc.)
    • PN 2181-2193: Modern


Theater History Reference Books

Web Resources on Theater History