Library News for the Faculty of Communication and Culture

Monday, March 13, 2006

Film and Drama resources from Alexander Street collections

A wide range of new Alexander Street collections in the areas of drama and film, history, literature, and popular culture.

American film scripts online
One thousand film scripts are indexed and organized to allow searching by scene, by character, by director, and more. Most have never been published in any format, and about half appear as facsimile images. With more than 100,000 scenes of life as portrayed in the movies, this resource is of interest to researchers in sociology, psychology, popular culture, writing, film studies, and history.

Asian American drama
With 250 plays, this is a landmark collection in a rapidly developing genre. It documents the Asian American experience as dramatized in works by writers from the 18th century to the present, together with biographies, a performance database, production details, and associated visual resources, including photos, playbills, and manuscript images.

North American women's drama
This major new initiative delivers 1,500 plays by women from the United States and Canada, including the complete works of leading playwrights along with those of lesser-known but important writers. Many of the plays are rare, hard to find, or out of print. Relevant for the study of literature, women's studies, and the history of feminism.

Black drama
The project brings together 1,200 plays, almost a quarter of which are previously unpublished. Nowhere else will researchers see these works! They have been carefully selected by well-known experts such as James V. Hatch, a board of scholars, and the writers themselves. The collection includes the complete works of more than 300 playwrights from North America, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Australia, and other locations. Starting with Victorian plays and working up to the present, this indispensable collection presents the writings together with biographies, playbills, images, production notes, performance information, and much more.

North American theatre online
North American Theatre Online will be the largest, most comprehensive reference work in North American drama. It will provide detailed bibliographic information on more than 10,000 plays -- including references to works that have never been published. It will contain thousands of facts about theaters, authors, theatrical companies, and individuals, as well as some 1,000 playbills, posters, photographs, and related theatrical ephemera.

Twentieth century North American drama
From Maxwell Anderson to Marsha Norman, the complete works of major North American playwrights. Alongside the works of the most successful writers of the century are the lesser-known but important works of African Americans, Asian Americans, gay and lesbian writers, and others. Hundreds of unpublished plays, production information, playbills, and theatre details round out the collection.


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