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RELG 455: Religion and Performing Arts in South India

Research guide for RELG 455 (Winter 2024)

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Reminders for catalogue searching:

  • Begin by keyword searching.
  • Use the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) to find more books on the same topic. Some suggested LCSH for South Indian performing arts include:
    • Karnatak (Carnatic) music:
      • su:Carnatic music
      • su:Ragas, analysis, appreciation
    • Kuchipudi dance:
      • su:Kuchipudi (dance)
      • su:Kuchipudi (dance), social aspects
      • su:Dance, India
    • Devadasis (temple dancers):
      • su:Devadasis
      • su:Devadasi
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Chicago Citation Style

Citing performances

According to Chicago 14.266 and 14.261: "Live performances, unlike recordings, cannot be consulted as such by readers. For that reason, it is generally sufficient to mention details in the text or in the notes rather than in a bibliography. In addition to specifying the name and location of the venue and the date of the performance, include as much information as needed to identify the performance," potentially including:

  • Name of the composer, writer, performer, or other person primarily responsible for the content. Include designations such as director, conductor, or vocalist.
  • The title of the work in italics (if it is an official title of an album, play, film, opera, or ballet) or in quotation marks (if it is an individual item such as a song or a movement). The name of the performer or group should be in normal font.
  • Information about the work, such as additional contributors, and the date and location of the performance.
  • Any additional information that might be relevant.

For example:

In text:
In a performance of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York on February 2, 2016...

1. Hamilton, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, dir. Thomas Kail, chor. Andy Blakenbuehler, Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York, NY, February 2, 2016.

In text:
In a French-language adaptation of Mel Brook's musical Comedy The Producers at the Théâtre St-Denis in Montréal, Québec on March 28, 2024...

1. The Producers, Mel Brooks, staged as Les Producteurs, trans. and dir. Serge Postigo, Théâtre St-Denis, Montréal, QC, March 28, 2024.

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