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Spanish and Portuguese



I. Purpose:
To support university teaching and research, from the undergraduate through the doctoral level, in Iberian literature. Concern for Spanish and Catalan 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 Spanish and Catalan, as does the Institute of Latin American Studies. Material concerning Hispanic American and Brazilian literatures is acquired by the Benson Latin American Collection.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Languages: The primary languages of collection are Spanish and Catalan. English translations of literary texts are purchased selectively. Critical works are acquired very selectively in the major European languages, mostly French, Italian and German. Translations of critical works are also acquired selectively.

B. Chronological Guidelines: from the beginning of Spanish and Catalan literature as such (ca. 11th cent.) to the present.

C. Geographical Guidelines: primarily the literature of Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands.

D. Treatment of Subject: Critical, historical, textual and bibliographical studies are acquired at a similar level as the literature.

E. Types of Material: Dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, festchriften, reports of symposia and congresses. Dissertations are acquired very selectively to support specific teaching and research interests. Anthologies and textbooks are not regularly purchased.

F. Date of Publication:Both current and retrospective works are purchased.

G. Other General Considerations: The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center has a substantial amount of material on the Spanish Civil War, bullfighting and Spanish Emigration. I n addition, there is a collection of 12,000 Spanish "sueltas" defined by Dr Mildred Vinson Boyer as: "Any piece of dramatic literature in Spanish printed separately to be sold in pamphlet form, or any dramatic piece disbound--with or without the printer's collaboration--to become such a separate item."

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collecting Level Bibliographer
Spanish Literature PQ6001-7011
PC4001-4817
PCL (MAIN) 3 Iberian Studies
Catalan Literature PC3801-3955 PCL (MAIN) 1 Iberian Studies

Exception: Spanish literature in Africa, Asia, the Philippine Islands and other former colonies is not collected. For Spanish American literature, see the statement for the Benson Latin American Collection. For literature written by Spanish emigrants in the U.S., see the statement for the Mexican American Library Program.


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