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Resource Guide:
Commedia Dell’Arte

Sample Call Numbers

Topic Call Number
Drama PN 1600-3301
Literature. Drama PN 1600-2000
Puppet Theater PN 1972-1982
Pantomimes PN 1985-1988
Dramatic representation. The theatre PN 2000-3307
ActingPN 2055-2073
Theater as a Profession PN 2074
History By Period (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, etc.) PN 2131-2179
History. Special regions or countries PN 2219-3030

Sample Subject Headings

Start by searching the catalog by keyword. Use whatever terms you think best describe your topic. When you find a record that matches what you are looking for, view the record and see what subject headings were used. Then search again using that term as a subject search.

  • Theater – History
  • Drama
  • Italian Renaissance
  • Italian drama
  • Improvisation (Acting)
  • Harlequin
  • Pantomime
  • Puppets and Puppet-Plays
  • Opera Buffa
  • Opera
  • Ballet

Sample Materials at Von Canon Library

Title Call Number
The Commedia dell’Arte PQ 4155 S6
Commedia dell’Arte: An Actor’s Handbook PQ 4155 .R83 1994 & Ebook
Performance and Literature in the Commedia dell’Arte PQ 4155 .H42 2002
Scenery, Set, and Staging in the Italian Renaissance PN 2091 .S8 S292 1996
Masks, Mimes and Miracles; Studies in the Popular Theatre PN 2071 .G4 N5
Harlequin’s Stick, Charlie’s Cane: a Comparative Study. REMOTE PQ 4158 .M3 1975
Commedia dell’Arte DVD PQ 4236 Commedia
Drama criticism REF PN 1601 .D59 v.1-v.24
The Oxford companion to the theatre REF PN 2035 .O9

Research Databases

Relevant Journals and Magazines

  • American Theatre
  • Comparative Drama
  • Music and Letters
  • Plays
  • TCI: Theatre Crafts International
  • Theatre Journal
  • Theatre History Studies
  • Theatre Notebook
  • Theatre Research International

These are just examples. To find more, or to look for a specific journal or periodical, search our Journals.

Selected Web Page and Digital Archives