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Theatre Appreciation:: Brockett

Tips for Using Oscar Brockett's History of the Theatre

Start your examination of Brockett by looking through the table of contents.

  • Locate the chapter that covers the time period and nation that you have chosen for your assignment (if that is appropriate).
  • Note that many chapters have a section devoted to costumes, scene design and theater architecture, actors and acting. Historical and cultural aspects of the time period and nation are often considered as well. For example, below are listed sections treating government regulation of the theater, financial policies, audiences and performances

              [chapter 9 British Theatre]

  • Use the index to find an instance of a particular term or concept. The index of Brockett contains references to people (including play authors, actors and other theater personalities), individual works (displayed in italics), nations or geographic areas, types of theater (comedy, farce, festivals, mime, tragedy, etc.) and important theater concepts (costumes, scenery, stage, theatre architecture).
  • In the example below, you can find the discussion of scenery for different nations at specific points throughout the text.


  • A bibliography is a list of the sources (books, articles, documents) consulted by the author while writing.
  • The bibliography is usually located at end of a chapter or at the end of the book. In Brockett, the bibliography is listed at the end of the book contents before the index, page 675.
  • Use the library catalog to determine if any of the works consulted by the author are available Owens Library.
  • In the example below, two of the books used to write chapter 6, The Globe Playhouse and The First Public Playhouse are available in Owens Library. 

              [chapter 6: English Theatre]

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