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Research Guide for First Theatres THEA 265

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About First Theatres: THEA 265:

This sophomore seminar will survey the "first theatres" of many different areas of the pre-modern world -- including the Abydos Passion Play of ancient Egypt, Yoruba ritual, ancient Greek & Rome, Japanese Noh Theatre, early Chinese music drama, Sanskrit theatre of India, and European Medieval theatre. Through research, discussion, and critical thinking exercises, students will be encouraged to view performance as an intercultural and continually developing phenomenon in both art and daily life. This course is a Shared Passages Sophomore Seminar.

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What are the key concepts of your research question? 

Can you broaden or narrow your focus?  Consider one or more of the following:

  • time period

  • place

  • specific event   

  • specific people

Does your question overlap other subject disciplines such as sociology, political science, or history?

  • Think about the history of your question, its disciplines, and/or categories.

  • Who are the key people? What did they do? Why did it happen?

Think about the following aspects relating to your research question:

  • What do you already know about your question or issue?

  • What do you need to learn to better understand your question or issue?

  • What kinds of information resources might provide answers to these questions?

Consider your audience:

  • Who will read your paper?

  • Why will it be of interest to them?

  • What will be new to them?

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