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Italian Literature



I. Purpose: To support teaching and research at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Italian literature. (No graduate degree is offered in Italian, but graduate courses are offered for the benefit of students who wish to make Italian their language of secondary emphasis.) Interest in Italian literature is centered in the Department of French and Italian. The subject is of interest, also, to students and faculty working in the fields of comparative literature, drama, European studies, film historical bibliography, humanities, linguistics, and medieval studies.

II. General Collection Guidelines:
A. Languages: The primary language of collection is Italian. English translations of literary texts are acquired selectively. Critical works are acquired in the major European languages (Italian, English, French, German, Portuguese) and in other languages if the work is of significance. Translations of critical works are acquired selectively.

B. Chronological Guidelines: From the beginning of Italian literature as such, in the 13th century, to the present, with emphasis on the Renaissance and the 19th and 20th centuries.

C. Geographical Guidelines: Italy

D. Treatment of Subject: Literary biography and history are acquired. Studies of literary techniques are acquired if they deal with writing at an advanced level. Textbooks are not ordinarily purchased, but anthologies are purchased extensively. Juvenile literature is acquired rarely and only if the author is an important literary figure. Popularized versions of literary works are not acquired.

E. Types of Material: Included are literary and biographical dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, and the reports and proceedings of literary associations, conferences, and symposia. Festschriften are purchased extensively. Theses and dissertations are acquired sparingly.

F. Date of Publication: Both current and non-current material is purchased, with emphasis being placed on current publications. New editions of important works are purchased when new explanatory or critical material has been introduced. First and rare editions are acquired only if the work is of great importance and no reprint is available.

G. Other Considerations: Material of interest to students of Italian literature can also be found throughout the collections of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, notably in the Aldine and Medici collections, in the Ezra Pound Library, and in the Ranuzzi manuscripts.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collection Level Bibliographer
Italian Literature: History and Criticism, Collections PQ 4001-4263 PCL C [3] Italian
Italian Literature, Medieval to 1400: (includes Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio) PQ 4265-4556 PCL C [3] Italian
Italian Literature, Renaissance and 17th Century: (incl. Ariosto, Machiavelli, Tasso) PQ 4561-4664 PCL C [3] Italian
Inclusion: Machiavelli (complete works) DG 731.5 M3 PCL C [3] Italian
Italian Literature, 18th and 19th Centuries PQ 4675-4734 PCL C [3] Italian
Italian Literature, 20th Century PQ 4800-4886 PCL C [3] Italian
Italian Literature, Provincial, Local, Colonial PQ 5901-5999 PCL A [1] Italian


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