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Caribbean literature : a bibliography
Goslinga, Marian.
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xiii, 469 pages : map ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes indexes.
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PN849.C3 G68 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The 3,500 entries in this bibliography create a vital resource for those who are interested in a general introduction to the literature available from the Caribbean.

Author Notes

Marian Goslinga (M.A., M.L.S., University of California-Berkeley) is the Latin American and Caribbean Librarian at Florida International University. She has been the bibliographer for Hemisphere since 1988 and also authored A Bibliography of the Caribbean (Scarecrow, 1996).

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Choice Review

Goslinga's second bibliography, based primarily on holdings at the University of Florida Libraries plus OCLC searches, focuses on literature by Caribbean-born writers from the four linguistic areas--Spanish, English, French, and Dutch--and lists monographic titles over 49 pages (with a few exceptions) published through 1996. Its 3,500 entries are arranged geographically, then by form or genre or period, then by individual authors, with title and author indexes. Author entries consist of vital dates, genre notations, titles in the original language, and publication dates. Entries for anthologies, histories and criticism, and reference works give full citations with translations in the case of Dutch titles. Although this compilation has been carefully made, and to some extent updates M.J. Fenwick's far more comprehensive bibliography Writers of the Caribbean and Central America (CH, Jul'92), it is hard to discern in what way it is the "unique key" claimed by the series editor. Goslinga's selection method is too mechanical to create either a comprehensive primary bibliography or a secondary bibliography that will "open the door" for new students. Much from a literature as recent, rich, and varied as the Caribbean is lost when the focus is limited to longer monographs, since it excludes nearly all commentary and criticism. Useful for a rising literature is the inclusion of anthologies of general and country-specific anthologies of primary and secondary works, many published after the still very helpful Caribbean Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical-Critical Encyclopedia, ed. by Donald E. Herdecks (CH, Dec'79). Recommended for large, active collections of Caribbean literature. M. H. Loe; SUNY College at Oswego