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BISAC Subject Headings List, Drama

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Step 2: Determine the specific term which describes your book. An asterisk (*) denotes a heading that is new for the 2019 Edition.


Use subjects in this section only for dramatic works written for the stage.  Subjects may be used alone (for individual works or collections by one author) or with "DRAMA / Anthologies (multiple authors)".

Critical works should be assigned "LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama" and any other subjects needed in the LITERARY CRITICISM section (and should not be assigned any subjects in the DRAMA section).  Note the existence of the subheading "Shakespeare" in both the DRAMA and LITERARY CRITICISM sections.

Use subjects beginning with "PERFORMING ARTS / Theater" for works on drama as performed on the stage and use "PERFORMING ARTS / Screenplays" for dramatic works written for film or television.


DRA000000    DRAMA / General

DRA011000    DRAMA / African

DRA001000    DRAMA / American / General

DRA001010    DRAMA / American / African American

DRA006000    DRAMA / Ancient & Classical

DRA002000    DRAMA / Anthologies (multiple authors)

DRA005000    DRAMA / Asian / General

DRA005010    DRAMA / Asian / Japanese

DRA012000    DRAMA / Australian & Oceanian

                      DRAMA / Authorship & Technique see PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Playwriting

DRA013000    DRAMA / Canadian

DRA014000    DRAMA / Caribbean & Latin American

DRA004000    DRAMA / European / General

DRA003000    DRAMA / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

DRA004010    DRAMA / European / French

DRA004020    DRAMA / European / German

DRA004030    DRAMA / European / Italian

DRA004040    DRAMA / European / Spanish & Portuguese

                      DRAMA / History & Criticism see LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama

DRA017000    DRAMA / LGBT

DRA018000    DRAMA / Medieval

DRA015000    DRAMA / Middle Eastern

                      DRAMA / Monologues see PERFORMING ARTS / Monologues & Scenes

DRA008000    DRAMA / Religious & Liturgical

DRA016000    DRAMA / Russian & Former Soviet Union

DRA010000    DRAMA / Shakespeare

DRA019000    DRAMA / Women Authors

If your title does not have subject content, i.e. a blank book, please use the Non-Classifiable term below. Otherwise, use the Subject/General term in the closest descriptive area. NON000000 NON-CLASSIFIABLE

Please note that the BISAC Subject Headings List is governed by the following copyright notice. © 2019, Book Industry Study Group, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this list or any attached documents may be distributed or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the express permission of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc.


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