Performance Studies: An Emerging Interdiscipline
The emerging interdiscipline of Performance Studies has roots in fields focused on the systematic study of performing arts fields (film/media, music, theatre, drama, and dance) and at the same time flexible and dynamic links to a number of academic fields in the humanities and social sciences lying outside the performing arts. Because performance studies is emerging, it is not really possible, and perhaps not desirable, to draw up a definitive list of library resources that might best serve its protean needs. But this rough distinction nevertheless suggests two lines of approach. Those focusing on one or more of the performing arts proper can begin by consulting an abbreviated list resources listed under "Key Resources" (drawn from the Library's subject guides for Theatre & Dance, Film & Media Studies, and Music). For those requiring links to materials in fields other than the performing arts, the links provided under "Resources from Cognate Fields" will provide some starting points. The remaining categories provide links to a small number of resources offering current and retrospective fulltext access to major newspapers, fulltext access to plays, and resources offering a mix of various multimedia files.
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