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Themes and settings in fiction : a bibliography of bibliographies /
compiled by Donald K. Hartman and Jerome Drost ; foreword by Arthur Efron.
imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, 1988.
description
xv, 223 p.
ISBN
031325866X (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, 1988.
isbn
031325866X (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
issn
0742-6801
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
3983870
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1989-05:
This bibliography of bibliographies lists 1,412 books, chapters in books, parts of dissertations, and articles, compiled from 1900 to 1985, which deal with places and subjects in fiction. It differs from bibliographies of fictional works, e.g., The Fiction Index, in that it lists only other bibliographies, and not the fictional works themselves. Arrangement is alphabetical by compiler's last name, and there is a separate joint-author index. Access is provided by subject index that displays the usual problems of such indexes. Hartman and Drost (SUNY-Buffalo) have provided brief annotations that are descriptive, but in some cases unnecessary. For example, the title of the bibliography in question is often descriptive enough to make the annotation redundant. Although the subject index is helpful, the author arrangement has made it necessary to list, one after another, the individual chapters from book-length bibliographies covering many subjects. In one case, 79 chapters from the same source (Maggy Simony's Traveler's Reading Guides, 1982) are listed successively. A subject arrangement, placing that volume under "States" or "Places," would have prevented the problem with this, and other, listings. Hartman and Drost have discovered an impressive number of bibliographies, and the book will be most useful to individuals embarking on research projects dealing with particular topics in fiction, especially graduate students beginning thesis research. -J. M. Parker, St. Olaf College
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'œ...an essential starting point for identifying fictional treatments of persons, places, or subjects.'' Literary Research Guide 4th Edition 2002
'œResearchers in literature will find this a tenable and sound reference tool. Selectors in the academic library should strongly consider this as a valuable supplement to the reference collection. Many public and high school libraries will also want to consider it, based on user needs.'' ARBA
'œThis bibliography of bibliographies lists 1,412 books, chapters in books, parts of dissertations, and articles, compiled from 1900 to 1985, which deal with places and subjects in fiction. It differs from bibliographies of fictional works, e.g., The Fiction Index, in that it lists only other bibliographies, and not the fictional works themselves. Arrangement is alphabetical by compiler's last name, and there is a separate joint-author index. . . . Hartman and Drost have discovered an impressive number of bibliographies, and the book will be most useful to individuals embarking on research projects dealing with particular topics in fiction, especially graduate students beginning thesis research.'' Choice
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Long Description
This bibliography of bibliographies lists 1,412 books, chapters in book, parts of dissertations, and articles, compiled from 1900 to 1985, which deal with places and subjects of fiction. . . .Hartman and Drost have discovered an impressive number of bibliographies, and the book will be most useful to individuals embarking on research projects dealing with particular topics in fiction, especially graduate students beginning thesis research. Choice Presenting topics and themes in fiction is a challenge because of the subjective nature of literary criticism. This fully documented bibliography is an impressive compilation of sources that is annotated and more detailed than other bibliographies of this nature. The reader will find over 1400 citations to bibliographies of persons, places, and themes in fiction, gathered from books, parts of books, dissertations, pamphlets, and periodicals. Specific titles of novels and short stories are not cited. Listed alphabetically by author, citations are limited to works of English-language adult fiction. A detailed subject index which provides access to literary themes, occupations, people, and places, and a joint author index aids in cross-referencing. Researchers, English teachers, and students of literature will find Themes and Settings in Fiction an indispensable resource.
Unpaid Annotation
"This bibliography of bibliographies lists 1,412 books, chapters in book, parts of dissertations, and articles, compiled from 1900 to 1985, which deal with places and subjects of fiction. . . .Hartman and Drost have discovered an impressive number of bibliographies, and the book will be most useful to individuals embarking on research projects dealing with particular topics in fiction, especially graduate students beginning thesis research." Choice
Long Description
Presenting topics and themes in fiction is a challenge because of the subjective nature of literary criticism. This fully documented bibliography is an impressive compilation of sources that is annotated and more detailed than other bibliographies of this nature. The reader will find over 1400 citations to bibliographies of persons, places, and themes in fiction, gathered from books, parts of books, dissertations, pamphlets, and periodicals. Specific titles of novels and short stories are not cited. Listed alphabetically by author, citations are limited to works of English-language adult fiction. A detailed subject index which provides access to literary themes, occupations, people, and places, and a joint author index aids in cross-referencing. Researchers, English teachers, and students of literature will find Themes and Settings in Fiction an indispensable resource.
Table of Contents
Sources Covering Several Themes and Settings Themes and Settings in Fiction
The Bibliography
Appendix: Recent Publications
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