Latin American literature and its times /
Joyce Moss, Lorraine Valestuk.
Detroit : Gale Group, c1999.
xxxix, 562 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
0787637262 (hardcover)
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Detroit : Gale Group, c1999.
0787637262 (hardcover)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-04:
The first in a promised 12-volume set from Gale, "World Literature and Its Times," this series will take a multidisciplinary approach to world literature, studying both fiction and nonfiction in historical context. Comparable works like Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature, ed. by Verity Smith (CH, Oct'97), focus on authors and treat the subject with greater breadth. Latin American Literature focuses on specific stories, novels, plays, and essays in greater depth. Fifty works are discussed, ranging in date from the European conquest to indigenous peoples' struggles of the 1980s. The works included are limited to those currently available in English. The editors define Latin American literature liberally; they include a good representation of American Latino authors. Each essay consists of a discussion of the historical context in which the work is set and written, an analysis of the work and how it reflects that history, and information on initial reviews. Articles are well illustrated, readable, and have bibliographies. A series of time lines place works within major historical themes. Recommended for general readers and undergraduates. J. H. Pollitz; St. Ambrose University
Appeared in Library Journal on 2000-01-01:
The first volume in a series treating fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction from around the world, this reference book covers 50 major works from Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, and Latino writers in the United States. These works were selected by university professors, with the entries contributed by professional writers and academics. While a few older works are included, like those by Sor Juana In‚s de la Cruz and Friar Bartolom‚ de las Casas, the majority are from this century, by authors such as Pablo Neruda, Julia Alvarez, and Octavio Paz. Entries highlight how the social and political events of the time influenced the literature and how the literature illuminates history. Each contributor summarizes the work and relates its sources, context, and reception; citations for further reading are also provided. Detailed author biographies and literary criticism are beyond the scope of the series. Instead, this book will be helpful in history courses that use literary sources, as background reading in literature courses, and for recreational readers seeking a more informed read. Recommended for academic and public libraries.--Anna Youssefi, Univ. of Houston Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Library of Congress Summary
"This accessible and useful source is the first of a 12-volume series focusing on major fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from various geographic areas of the world. It uniquely combines literary and historical information, arranged in alphabetical order by the title of the work. Each of the 50 entries includes an introduction that discusses the work by genre, place, and period; a description of its social and political background; a summary of plot or contents; a description of the social, political, or literary events of its author's life and the way they have influenced the plot of contents of the work; and a list of sources and further readings. The remaining 11 volumes will cover the literatures of Africa, Asia, modern england and Ireland, Spain and Portugal, France, the Middle East, Italy, India, and Jewish literature. This series will be a welcome addition to public and academic libraries. It will be most useful to high school students and undergraduates."--"Outstanding reference sources 2000", American Libraries, May 2000. Comp. by the Reference Sources Committee, RUSA, ALA.
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World Literature and Its Times helps students and researchers make connections between the political/social climate during which books were written and the works themselves. Each World Literature and Its Times volume focuses on major fiction, poetry and nonfiction from a particular country or region, presenting approximately 50 works in detailed essays running approximately 10 pages. The series is planned to conclude at 12 volumes which will be released at 6-month intervals beginning June 1999. Future volumes will cover Russian, Jewish, Spanish, Asian, French, Middle Eastern, Italian, Indian and German literatures.

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