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English 420 Course Guide: Tragedy Evolving
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Medea and the Dagger. Anselm Friedrich Feuerbach. 1871. Oil on canvas. Image source: ARTstor Image Database

  PASCAL Catalog
  WorldCat & ILL
Locating Articles & Criticism
  Reference Sources & Criticism
  Journal Articles
  Newspaper Articles/Reviews
  Key Journals
  Journal Finder
Background Information Sources
  Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
  Handbooks, Companions, Guides
  Shakespeare: Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
  Shakespeare: Handbooks & Companions
  Style Guides
Internet Resources
  Web Sites on Specific Authors
  Contemporary Works
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Locating Books   back to top
  THOMCAT   back to top

Use THOMCAT, the online catalog, to locate books, movies, and other materials in Thomason Library.  You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              
  Shakespeare, William [as AUTHOR]  
  Shakespeare, William [as SUBJECT]  
  Shakespeare William 1564 1616 Tragedies [as SUBJECT/ genre ]  
  Shakespeare William 1564 1616 King Lear  [as SUBJECT/specific works ]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to tragedy.

Sophocles. Oedipus Rex

  Euripides Criticism And Interpretation
  Greek Drama Tragedy History And Criticism
  Tragedy -- History and criticism
  Tragic The
  • KEYWORD searching will generally retrieve more hits, although results may not be as precise as with a subject search.
  • Try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Place exact phrases in "quotation marks."

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  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
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 Add * to the root of a word to truncate and expand
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drama* = drama, dramas, dramatic, dramatist, etc.


 Use AND between words to narrow your search:
Shakespeare AND King Lear


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to expand your search.
revenge OR vengeance OR punish* .

Group OR terms with parentheses when including an AND term.
Medea AND (revenge OR vengeance OR punish*)

OR traged*) AND greek

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PASCAL Catalog   back to top

If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan   back to top

WorldCat – A catalog of books and other materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries.  This service is used to borrow books or acquire photocopies of articles available from libraries nationwide. Check link for instructions.

Locating Articles & Criticism:   back to top
Reference Sources & Criticism   back to top

British Writers. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1979-2007.
Main Level, Reference: R 820.9 B777B [8 vols, plus 12 supplements].
Also searchable in Scribner Writer's Series

Critical Survey of Drama. Frank N. Magill, ed.

Main Level, Reference: R 822.009 C869C [8 vols]

Drama Criticism. Thomson Gale, 2002. 

Main Level, Reference R 809.2 D79D [16 vols] Cumulative Index included in volume 16.

 Literature Resource Center [Thomson Gale]

Biographical, bibliographical and contextual information from the Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography databases, as well as full-text criticism from the Contemporary Literary Criticism Select database, as well as content fromritish Writers, and thirteen Scribner sources. Contains full-text journal articles from more than 250 literary journals, critical essays, and author biographies,


Scribner Writer's Series
Full-text articles on writers and literary genres drawn from 13 acclaimed Scribner print series. Each signed article was written by a noted scholar and concludes with a bibliography of primary and secondary sources for further study.

Journal Articles   back to top

MLA International Bibliography  [EBSCOhost]
Published by the Modern Language Association. Indexes critical literary and language scholarship and provides access to journals and serials published worldwide, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. Nearly 45,000 records are added annually.

Academic Search Premier [EBSCOhost]
Provides coverage for a broad range of disciplines, including literature and theatre journals.  Includes a large number of full-text articles, as well as citations with abstracts.

Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of over 350 full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which guides the user to full-text articles available at Thomason Library. The collections include journals in economics, history, political science, sociology, and humanities. This archive covers the full run of journals from the first issue of volume one; however, the most current three to five year issues of the journals are not available as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR.

Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection  
Current and recent volumes of 112 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

 Newspaper Articles/Reviews   back to top

Custom Newspapers

Over 100 full-text titles as well as selected news and business coverage provided by over 170 Knight-Ridder/Tribune News and Busniess News wire services.

News - LexisNexis
Full-text U.S. & international newspapers, magazines, newsletters & journals.

The New York Times Archive [1851-2005]
Full-text & full-image of NYT articles with coverage from 1851 up to three years ago. NOTE: For more recent coverage of NY Times, use Custom Newspapers or News LexisNexis databases, or go to http://www.nytimes.com

Key Journals   back to top


American Drama Full-text available from 2002-Winter 2007 (journal ceased publication).

The American Journal of Philology  Widely recognized as a "forum for international exchange among classicists and philologists by publishing original research in Greek and Roman literature; classical linguistics; and Greek and Roman history, society, religion, and philosophy." ( publisher's description).

American Theatre Articles, commentary, review articles, theatre reviews on all aspects of national theatre.

Arethusa Arethusa is known for publishing original literary and cultural studies of the ancient world and of the field of classics that combine contemporary theoretical perspectives with more traditional approaches to literary and material evidence. Interdisciplinary in nature, this distinguished journal often features special thematic issues.

TDR: The Drama Review  TDR focuses on performances in their social, economic, and political contexts. With an emphasis on experimental, avant-garde, intercultural, and interdisciplinary performance, TDR covers dance, theatre, performance art, visual art, popular entertainment, media, sports, rituals, and performance in politics and everyday life. Long known as the basic resource for keeping up with performance studies in all aspects, TDR continues to be a lively forum of debate on important performances in every medium, setting, and culture. Previously titled: Tulane Drama Review: TDRand Drama Review: TDR

Modern Drama Modern Drama was founded in 1958 and is the most prominent journal in English to focus on dramatic literature. The terms, "modern" and "drama," are the subject of continuing and fruitful debate, but the journal has been distinguished by the excellence of its close readings of both canonical and lesser known dramatic texts through a range of methodological perspectives.

New Theatre Quarterly

Theatre History Studies

Theatre Journal


Shakespeare Quarterly 
Founded in 1950 by the Shakespeare Association of America, Shakespeare Quarterly is a refereed journal committed to publishing articles in the vanguard of Shakespeare studies. The Quarterly features notes that bring to light new information on Shakespeare and his age, issue and exchange sections for the latest ideas and controversies, theater reviews of significant Shakespeare productions, and book reviews to keep its readers current with Shakespeare criticism and scholarship.

Shakespeare Studies
An international volume of essays, studies and reviews dealing with the cultural history of early modern England and the place of Shakespeare's production in it.

Shakespeare Survey
Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 822.33 N545S [60+ volumes]
An annual publication of Shakespeare criticism, interpretation, and production.

Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900

Journal Finder   back to top


Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

Library article databases are inter-connected by Journal Finder, which will lead you to the full-text of an article when available.


Background Information Sources:   back to top
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias   back to top

PLEASE NOTE:  Encyclopedias and dictionaries should not be cited in an essay as a secondary source but rather used as helpful background or for clarification only.

A Dictionary of Literary Symbols [CREDO Reference], Cambridge University Press, 2003.
The first dictionary of symbols to be based on literature, rather than "universal" psychological archetypes, myths, or esoterica. Concentrates on English literature, but its entries range widely from the Bible and classical authors to the twentieth century, taking in American and European literatures.
Also available in print: Main Level, Reference: R 809.915 F373D [2000]

Dictionary of the Theatre: Terms, Concepts, and Analysis. Patrice Pavis; translated by Christine Shantz, University of Toronto Press, 1998.

Main Level, Reference: R 792.03 P288D

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama, McGraw-Hill, 1984.
Main Level, Reference: R 809.2 M178M [5 vols]

Handbooks, Companions, Guides   back to top

The Cambridge Guide to Theatre [CREDO Reference], Cambridge University Press, 2000.  
The Guide contains a wealth of information on all aspects of theater past and present: major playwrights, works, important traditions, theories, companies, practitioners, venues and events; the origins of popular theater tradition, including folk drama, street theater and mummers plays; the work of actors, directors and designers, including lighting and sound, technical theater, theater architecture and theater design.
Also available in print, Main Level, Reference:
R 792.0321 C144C  [1995]


The Cambridge Guide to Theatre

The Cambridge Introduction to Tragedy. Jennifer Wallace. Cambridge University Press, 2007. Summary: Tragedy is the art-form created to confront the most difficult experiences we face: death, loss, injustice, thwarted passion, despair. From ancient Greek theatre up to the most recent plays, playwrights have found, in tragic drama, a means to seek explanation for disaster. But tragedy is also a word we continually encounter in the media, to denote an event which is simply devastating in its emotional power. This introduction explores the relationship between tragic experience and tragic representation. After giving an overview of the tragic theatre canon - including chapters on the Greeks, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov, post-colonial drama, and Beckett - it also looks at the contribution which philosophers have brought to this subject, before ranging across other art-forms and areas of debate. The book is unique in its chronological range, and brings a wide spectrum of examples, from both literature and life, into the discussion of this emotional and frequently controversial subject. -- from publisher description 

Upper Level: 809.916 W155C


Shakespeare: Encyclopedias & Dictionaries   back to top

All Things Shakespeare: An Encyclopedia of Shakespeare's World, Greenwood Press, c2002.  

Main Level, Reference: R 822.33 Ol8A [2 vols]

A Dictionary of Shakespeare [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 1998. 

Dictionary of Shakespeare [CREDO Reference], Peter Collin Publishing, 2000. 

Shakespeare: Handbooks & Companions back to top

The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare, Cambridge University Press, 2002. 
Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 822.33 C144C2

The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies
Cambridge University Press, 1986.
Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 822.33 C144C

A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare, Blackwell Publishers, 2000.

Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 822.33 F349F

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2003. 
Also available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 822.33 Ox2O [2001]


King Lear. Ford Madox Brown, 1848-54. ARTstor Image Database

Shakespeare After All, Pantheon Books, c2004. 
Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 822.33 G163S

The Shakespeare Handbook. G.K. Hall, 1987. 
Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 822.33 Sh15S14

Shakespeare the Playwright: A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories, Comedies, and Romances. Greenwood Press, 1991.
Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 822.33 C119S

The Shakespeare Companion, Scribner, c1978.
Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 822.33 Ev154S

William Shakespeare: A Handbook, C. Scribner's Sons, 1934.
Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 822.33 P24

Style Guides   back to top

Humanities: Documenting Sources [Research and Documentation Online], Bedford/St. Martins, 2003.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Modern Language Association, 2009.
Main Level, Ready Reference Shelf (located behind Reference Desk) and Reference:
R 808.02 M72M [2 copies]

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.

Internet Resources: Web Sites on Specific Authors   back to top

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Internet Shakespeare Editions [The University of Victoria, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada]
“The aim of the Internet Shakespeare Editions is to inspire a love of Shakespeare's works in a world-wide audience. To do so, we create and publish works for the student, scholar, actor, and general reader in a form native to the medium of the Internet: scholarly, fully annotated texts of Shakespeare's plays, multimedia explorations of the context of Shakespeare's life and works, and records of his plays in performance.” [from the web site]

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet [Terry A. Gray]  
An annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources available on the Internet. This site also includes sections Life & Times, Educational “(lesson plans, lectures, etc.), Study Guides, Theatre (The Globe, the Players, Aspects of Elizabethan Theatre, Festivals, and Theatre Companies.)

Open Source Shakespeare [Eric M. Johnson]
“Open Source Shakespeare attempts to be the best free Web site containing Shakespeare's complete works. It is intended for scholars, thespians, and Shakespeare lovers of every kind. OSS includes the 1864 Globe Edition of the complete works, which was the definitive single-volume Shakespeare edition for over a half-century.”

Greek Dramatists back to top

Euripides From TheatreHistory.com website. Most article links on this site are from the book The Drama: Its History, Literature and Influence on Civilization, vol. 1. ed. Alfred Bates. London: Historical Publishing Company, 1906. 

Sophocles From TheatreHistory.com website. As with previous entry, most article links are from The Drama: Its History, Literature and Influence on Civilization, vol. 1.

Contemporary Works   back to top

August: Osage County
Home page for the Broadway production of this work. [pending renewal of domain name 9/28/11]

Doollee.com  "The free online guide to modern playwrights and theatre plays which have been written, or translated, into English since the production of Look Back in Anger in 1956." Includes pages for Paula Vogel and Tracy Letts.

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