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Portuguese Literature



I. Purpose:
To support university teaching and research, from the undergraduate through the doctoral level, in the literature of all Portuguese-speaking people of Europe, Africa, A sia and the United States. Concern for Portuguese literature is centered in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Interdepartmental programs such as world literature in English translation and the theory of translation also have an interest in Portuguese, as does the Institute of Latin American Studies.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

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

B. Chronological Guidelines: From the beginning of Portuguese Literature as such, in the late 12th century, to the present.

C. Geographical Guidelines: Portugal, its former colonies, and the U.S.

D. Treatment of Subject: Critical, historical, textual and bibliographical studies are acquired at the same level as the literature. Textbooks such as grammars are not ordinarily purchased, but anthologies are, when they contain material unavailable elsewhere.

E. Types of Material: Included are literary and biographical dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, festschriften, reports of literary associations, and the proceedings of literary conferences and congresses. Theses and dissertations from other institutions are acquired sparingly.

F. Date of Publication:Both current and older publications are acquired. New editions of important works are purchased when new explanatory or critical material is introduced, or when copies already held by the library become too brittle to circulate. Rare editions are seldom acquired.

G. Other General Considerations: The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center has a 1572 edition of Os Laiadas, by Luis Vaz de Camas, as well as several other editions on microfilm and scattered holdings of various 19th century Portuguese political documents. F or Portuguese language, see the Linguistics Statement. For Brazilian literature, see the Benson Latin American Collection Statement.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collecting Level Bibliographer
Portuguese Literature PQ 9000-9288
PCL (MAIN) C [3] Spanish-Portuguese
Portuguese Literature of Europe, (excluding Portugal) the North Atlantic islands and of the Azores PQ 9400-9449
PCL (MAIN) A [1] Spanish-Portuguese
Gallegan Literature PQ 9450-9469.2
PCL (MAIN) B [2] Spanish-Portuguese
Portuguese American Literature PQ 9470-9479
PCL (MAIN) A [1] Spanish-Portuguese
Portuguese Literature of Africa and Asia PQ 9900-9959
PCL (MAIN) B [2] Spanish-Portuguese


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