Re-imagining the Classics

This is a legacy resource guide for a past course. Please email Sara Smith with questions about these resources or research in this subject area.

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-154
Faculty: Yagil Eliraz

Click through each of the tabs above to see various types of reference, database, and web resources.

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Some Keyword Advanced search examples to search in the Five College Library Catalog [insert various regions & topics]:

  • (drama or theater or theatre) AND Africa
  • "noh theater" AND costume*
  • (opera or "musical theater" or drama) AND China
  • theater or theatre AND indigenous

Add "AND adapt*" to look for adaptations, or a specific approach paired with the name of a play, story, or playwright

  • (drama or theater or theatre) AND indigenous AND adapt*
  • "african american" AND Oedipus [name of play or story]
  • Ibsen AND adapt*

Some example subject keywords to search in the Five College Library Catalog:

LinkTheater -- Asia




Operas, Chinese

Igbo drama -- Nigeria

Theater -- Production and direction -- Africa

Puppet theater.

Sanskrit drama -- History and criticism





    Primary Sources & Media

    • Classical Latin Texts
      Latin literary texts written before A.D. 200, with some from later antiquity; browse by author or search by word or using the concordance. From the Packard Humanities Institute. 
    • Kanopy Streaming Video
      Kanopy offers a broad selection of thousands of streaming films, documentaries, and theatrical releases covering a wide variety of subject areas, with additional new releases launched monthly. If close-captioning is not included, it can be requested. Interactive transcripts are included. Note that US feature films are not typically part of the Kanopy offerings.
      Videos of full-length performances by contemporary artists working in dance, theater, music, and other performance forms.
    • World Heritage Sites: Africa
      Digital resource covering the archaeology, history and culture of Africa through its heritage sites and landscape
    • Oxford Art Online
      Oxford Art Online is the access point for Grove Art Online, and other Oxford art reference works covering all forms of the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic and decorative arts, and photography from prehistory to the present.
    • Europeana
      Search engine for the digitized collections of museums, libraries, archives and galleries across Europe.


    • Performing Arts Periodicals Database (1864 to present)
      Covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, opera, film, television and more.
    • JSTOR
      Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)
    • Project Muse
      Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)
    • Bibliography of Asian Studies (1973 to present)
      Index to articles and books in Asian Studies, including humanities and social sciences.
    • Africa Knowledge Project (1999-Present)
      Africa Knowledge Project, known as AKP, promotes Critical African Studies. It disseminates Africa-centered, evidence-based knowledge on Africa and African Diaspora.
    • MLA International Bibliography with Full Text (1926 to present)
      Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.



      • LexisNexis Academic (Now called: Nexis Uni) (date coverage varies)
        Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers, business information and company profiles.
      • Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
        Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chinese Newspapers Collection, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, New York Times, South China Morning Post, Times of India, and Washington Post.