- 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
- 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
- III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:
||CDP [NCIP] Collecting Level
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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