Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature

Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature

by Verity Smith
     
 

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A comprehensive, encyclopedic guide to the authors, works, and topics crucial to the literature of Central and South America and the Caribbean, the Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature includes over 400 entries written by experts in the field of Latin American studies. Most entries are of 1500 words but the encyclopedia also includes survey articles of up to…  See more details below

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A comprehensive, encyclopedic guide to the authors, works, and topics crucial to the literature of Central and South America and the Caribbean, the Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature includes over 400 entries written by experts in the field of Latin American studies. Most entries are of 1500 words but the encyclopedia also includes survey articles of up to 10,000 words on the literature of individual countries, of the colonial period, and of ethnic minorities, including the Hispanic communities in the United States. Besides presenting and illuminating the traditional canon, the encyclopedia also stresses the contribution made by women authors and by contemporary writers. Outstanding Reference Source Outstanding Reference Book

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Times Literary Supplement (London)
...a magnificent tour guide....At a time when much literary criticism is unreadable, it is a pleasure to come across so much well-wrought prose....indispensable...for any journey to Latin America, whether literal or figurative.
Library Journal
An honorary research fellow at the University of London, Smith has collected short essays on authors, books, and themes related to the literature of Latin America and the Caribbean. The essays range in length from one page for minor authors to ten for some country descriptions. Included after each essay is a brief bibliography of primary and secondary sources. This volume is similar to several reference works already available (e.g. Latin American Writers [Scribner, 1989] and Hispanic Literature Criticism) but it has some unique characteristics: separate essays for important novels, a greater focus on historical (that is, pre-boom) authors, more emphasis on literature from smaller Latin American countries, and more material on non-Hispanic Caribbean authors. This work will be of value to smaller libraries as their only reference source on Latin American literature and to large research collections that desire the unique elements. [Academic libraries should first consider The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature, 3 vols., cited in "Best Reference Sources 1996," LJ 4/15/97, p. 36-40.Ed.]
—Mark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo
Booknews
Offers entries on writers, works, and topics related to Latin American literature, including survey articles on all of the continent's individual countries. Incorporates literature of the past and that of smaller countries such as Ecuador and Bolivia, writing by Hispanic minorities in the US, the literature of the Francophone Caribbean, and the work of women writers. Entries for writers consist of a critical overview of the writer's work, a biographical sketch, a list of major works, an annotated bibliography, essays on individual works, and notes on editions and translations. Includes a title index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9781884964183
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/15/1997
Pages:
950
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.30(h) x 2.30(d)

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