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Hispanic culture of South America /
edited by Peter Standish ; associate editors, Ninotchka D. Bennahum ... [et al.].
imprint
Detroit : Gale Research, 1995.
description
xxxv, 340 p. : ill.
ISBN
0810384833 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Detroit : Gale Research, 1995.
isbn
0810384833 (alk. paper)
general note
"A Manly, Inc., book."
catalogue key
1285836
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1995-12:
This is the first of a planned 20-volume series under the title "Dictionary of Twentieth Century Culture" that will emphasize "cultural commonality" as reflected in "art, music, literature, drama, radio and television performance, movies, and dance." The work of eight contributors, named but otherwise unidentified, the dictionary is arranged alphabetically. Entries tend to be brief and most offer at least one reference for further study. Better- and lesser-known figures are included, as are groups, organizations, movements, themes, events, and the like. The illustrations, all black-and-white, are usually photographs that vary in quality; persons are well represented, objects (e.g., musical instruments) are not. Aimed at high school, college, and public library readership, the dictionary is probably best suited for undergraduates. Indexing is convenient and easy to use, and appears quite complete. A competent if not exciting volume. C. E. Perry; East Central University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1996-09:
Focusing principally on the areas of art, music, literature, cinema, and television, Standish (also editor of Structures of Power: Essays on 20th-Century Spanish American Fiction, SUNY, 1996) includes entries on individuals who have had a lasting impact in these fields in South America. Thus, one finds popular icons who were active in previous decades, among them Carlos Gardel and Libertad Lamarque, but not their contemporaries, e.g., Grecia Colmenares or José Luis Rodriguez. Entries, which are occasionally marred by typos, range from a brief paragraph to several pages. Some pieces seem somewhat dated (e.g., that on Lamarque), though even these are effective in conveying the essential. A good topical table of contents and effective indexes add considerable value. While a number of more specialized print and CD-ROM reference tools exist, e.g., Hispanic Writers (LJ 11/15/90), which provides superior coverage of literary figures, the current work is often unique in its choice of topics and coverage, making this a useful reference work. Part of a series that aims to "provide a ready reference for the vocabulary of culture" (the first volume in the series was American Culture After World War II, LJ 1/95), this is appropriate for both academic and public libraries.‘James E. Ross, WLN, Seattle
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