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Film, theatre and television: Books

A guide to finding information in film, theatre and television. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

Finding books

Finding specific books

When you start your course you will usually be given lists of recommended books by your lecturers. You just need to check the Enterprise catalogue to find out if they are in the Library. Use the search box on the right. Just enter the author's surname and one or two words from the title:

For example:

corrigan film experience

gale modernism performance

If there are any books on your reading lists that aren't in the Library please let your librarian know!

Finding books on a topic

You can also search Enterprise to find books on a topic.Just enter your subject keywords in the search box.

To find online book chapters on a topic search the Summon discovery service. Use the search box on the right.

Key locations and call numbers for selected topics

301 Sociology
301.2 Culture

Mass media


780 Music
782 Dramatic music

Musical theatre


790 Leisure 
791 Public entertainment 
791.4  Film, radio and television 

Theatre (performance aspects) 


800  Literature 
810 American literature
812 American drama
820 English literature
822 English drama
830 German literature
832  German drama
840 French literature
842 French drama
880 Classical literature
882  Classical Greek dramatic poetry
891.7  Russian literature

Acting 791.43028

Comedy film 791.435
Criticism, Individual films 791.437
Criticism, Theory 791.4301

Dance films 793.3
Documentary 791.435

Feminism 396
Film, General 791.43
Film music 781.542
Film noir 791.436556

Genre 791.436

History 791.4309

Hollywood 791.430973
Holocaust in film 791.43658
Horror film 791.435

Popular culture 301.2
Production 791.4302

Screenplays 791.437
Semiotics 791.4301
Star system 791.43

Television 791.45
Television programmes, Individual 791.457
Theory of film 791.4301

War films 791.436581
Westerns 791.4365878

  • Material about theatre production is in the 792 section
  • Material about play texts is in the 800 section


Acting 792.028
Applied theatre 792.022

Composition 808.2
Costume 792.026
Criticism, Individual productions 792.9
Criticism, Theory 801.9

Dance 793.32
Directing 792.0233

Feminism 396

History and criticism, General 809.2
History, American drama 812.09
History, English drama 822.09

Improvisation 792.028

Music hall 792.7
Musical theatre 782.14

Plays, Production 792.02
Plays, Individual texts (American) 812
Plays, Individual texts (British) 822
Popular culture 301.2

Semiotics 792.01
Set design 792.025

Theatre, American 792.0973
Theatre, English 792.0942
Theory of stage performance 792.01

Videos: finding and borrowing a book

Getting the most from our e-books

See our e-books guide for more information

Getting books not held at Reading

Our Inter-Library Loans service can get books not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages:

Finding books

Finding printed books and e-books

Search the Enterprise catalogue to find specific books or books on a topic.


Finding online book chapters

To find online book chapters on a topic search the Summon discovery service:

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