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Drama Forms

a guide for resources relating to dramatic literature concerning its history, development, and criticism

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Introduction to Drama

Before delving into research and resources on forms in drama, the following background information may be helpful for a refresher:

  • What is Drama? an article that identifies common questions about drama, describes the elements of drama that are most often discussed in theater classes, provides a few strategies for planning and writing an effective drama paper, and identifies various resources for research in theater history and dramatic criticism.
  • Form and Style in Drama: an article that includes information about form and style of comedies and tragedies. 
  • Brief Definitions of Major Styles/Movements: a webpage that serves as a brief guide to some terms covering theatrical style including naturalism, expressionism, absurdity, classical, modernism, postmodernism as well as other definitions important to theatre.

Library Resources

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