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Example Subject Headings

Sample LC Subject Headings for Theatre and Drama 

Amateur plays
Costume design
Stage directions
Stage machinery, fighting, lighting, etc.
Set design
Theatre Europe History 17th century
Theatre production and direction
Theatrical makeup
Williams, Tennessee 
Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983 - Dramatic production
Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983 - Streetcar Named Desire

Call Number Ranges

Theatre and Drama Call Nos.

PN includes literature in general, without regard to specific languages

PN 1530 the monologue
PN 1551 the dialogue
PN 1560-1590 the performing arts; show business
PN 1600-1988 drama history in general; composition of plays
PN 2000-3307 dramatic presentation; acting, stagecraft, etc.
PN 6110.5-6120 general collections of plays

Individual languages have their own sections of the classification. NOTE: authors are classed by the language in which they write. For example, African authors writing in French are in PQ; those writing in English are in PR; those writing in an African language are in PL.

PA Classical literature; Ancient Greek and Latin
PG Russian literature
PJ Middle Eastern literature; Hebrew, Arabic, Ethiopian
PK Iranian, Indian
PL East Asian, African, Native American
PQ Romance literature; French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
PR English literature
PS American literature
PT German, Dutch, Scandinavian


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