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Guide to reference works for the study of the Spanish language and literature and Spanish American literature
Woodbridge, Hensley Charles, 1923-2001.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Modern Language Association of America, [1997]

Physical Description:
xvi, 236 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.

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PC4071 .W66 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Woodbridge's annotated bibliography has become the standard for graduate students seeking an introduction to Spanish language and literature studies and for librarians developing reference collections in the field. The second edition contains more than three hundred new entries and updates previous listings. An elaborate table of contents and three indexes will help researchers find needed resources quickly.

The volume selectively lists and describes 1,230 valuable and important reference works published since 1950, including bibliographies, dictionaries, glossaries, concordances, union lists, catalogues, manuals, research guides, and dissertations. A short section on bibliographies covering both literature and language is followed by sections on the Spanish of Spain, American Spanish, Spanish literature of Europe, and Spanish literature of the Western Hemisphere. The guide concludes with an index of authors, editors, compilers, and translators; an index of authors and anonymous works as subjects; and a title index.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

The second edition of this "selected, descriptive, annotated bibliography" (1st ed., 1987; predecessor, Spanish and Spanish-American Literature: An Annotated Guide to Selected Bibliographies, CH, Oct'83) adds about 300 titles. The classified arrangement remains the same, and three indexes are provided. Selection remains tightly focused. Spanish is silently limited to Castilian, excluding other languages of Spain; with one exception, there are no bibliographies on non-Castilian languages or literatures, unless included in other rubrics. Also left out are related fields such as film, folk literature, and translating (as opposed to translations). Despite efforts to cover theater, several recent catalogs and biobibliographies are omitted, as well as recent carteleras derived from Madrid archives (no cutoff date is indicated in the undated introduction). Some omissions are unexplainable (e.g., Diccionario de autores: quien es quien en las letras espa^D nolas, 1988). Fewer omissions were noted in Latin American fields. The introduction speaks of looking forward to current bibliographies on CD-ROM and online databases, but Woodbridge omits mention of online versions of the title lists, including his publisher's major title, MLA International Bibliography. Despite lacunae, still necessary in college and university library reference sections. J. Larson Yale University