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Spanish Studies (Language, Literature and Culture)


Spanish Language and Literature




The Spanish language and literature collection supports the instructional and research needs of Dartmouth College undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, as well as other users within the college community. This policy seeks primarily to support the curriculum of the Spanish and Portuguese Department providing a comprehensive coverage of Spanish language, literature, linguistics and civilization as well as semiotics, literary theory and criticism as applied to this literature without any geographical limitation. As a secondary purpose this policy seeks to provide selective coverage of materials in other Peninsular languages--especially the Catalan, Galician and Basque languages; a selective coverage based on the materials' own intrinsic merit and/or their bearing on the cultural development of Spain.

The library's collections in the previously mentioned areas also support interdisciplinary Centers, Programs and/or Institutes at Dartmouth College, including Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies, Comparative Literature, Women's Studies, Liberal Studies, Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences as well as the Fannie and Alan Leslie Center for the Humanities and the Dartmouth Institute of European Studies. Moreover materials collected under the framework of this policy, support some courses and faculty research in the departments of history, religion, government, geography, anthropology, philosophy, film studies and drama.

Dartmouth College is member of some associations and consortia to identify and develop strategies, to collect, acquire and provide access within United States whose goals are toprovide resources in areas covered by this policy and to develop and coordinate formal collection development agreements among research university libraries. These are:

The Latin America North East Libraries Consortium (LANE);
Association of Research Libraries--Latin Americanist Research Resources Project
Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM)
Western European Studies Section (WESS) - Iberian Studies

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In May of 1979, the faculty of Romance Languages, at that time one of the largest departments on campus, submitted a recommendation to the Dartmouth Arts and Sciences faculty for the creation of two separate Departments. That recommendation was approved, and in the summer of 1979, Spanish and Portuguese came into existence as a separate department in the Humanities Division of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. It is fair to say that the Department of Spanish and Portuguese is a comparatively young department, with a long and distinguished history at Dartmouth.

* Section taken from the Spanish and Portuguese Department 2000 Report

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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is a part of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The Spanish curriculum presently offers 91 courses. Following its content, the course core can be divided as: introductory and advanced language courses (9), courses on different periods of Spanish literature, literary criticism and cultural studies (82)--including some interdisciplinary courses such as: five courses about Latinos in the US, three courses on performing arts, two courses about feminism and one course about film. Following its geographical area of study, the course core can be divided as: General (55), Spain (17), Latin American (12), Mexico and USA (8), South Cone (3), Andean Region 1 and Caribbean (1).

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers four types of programs in Spanish to students (a major in Spanish, a major in Romance Languages, a modified major, and a minor). The major offers four options of study: Hispanic Literature; Language, Culture and Society; Latino Studies, and Iberian Studies. The emphasis of Hispanic literature is on the period from 1500 to the present. Earlier masterpieces are read in modernized versions. The Latino Studies option concentrates on Latin American and Spanish writers in the United States. The Department also offers 4 programs abroad (Barcelona, Madrid, Puebla and Buenos Aires).

Masters students pursuing a Master of Arts Liberal Program or a Master of Arts Program in Comparative Literature are required to take masters courses organized in the Spanish Department. Students pursuing a major or a minor in Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies or in Women's Studies may be required to take specific courses offered by the department as part of their programs.

In the department there are 23 Spanish faculty members (8 professors and associate professors, 6 assistant professors, 6 senior lecturers and lecturers, 2 visiting faculty and 1 emeritus faculty). Typically the advanced courses center around the specializations of the faculty and cover a broad spectrum of areas. Since the beginning of the 90s, the main and diverse tendencies in New Historicism studies and especially in comparative cultural studies are affecting all literary studies. Spanish Literary studies is not the exception to this rule and it is becoming a more interdisciplinary field. New faculty arrives to Dartmouth who work in areas beyond literature. Today, film, sociology, anthropology, cultural history, feminism, etc. are fields which are completely interrelated in the intellectual activity of most Spanish faculty members. Thus, support of faculty research requires a broad understanding of what Hispanism means in the 21st century.

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Materials in support of the program described above are found in the following Library classifications:

Spanish Languages and Philology PC 4001-4977 Library of Congress
   460-468.999 Dewey
Galician Languages and Philology PC 5411-5414 Library of Congress
Catalan Languages and Philology PC 3801-3899 Library of Congress
   449.9-449.99 Dewey
Basque Languages and Philology PH 50001-5259 Library of Congress
Spanish Literatures (Spain & Spanish American) PQ 6001-8999 Library of Congress
   860-868.9 and 897-898.99 Dewey
Galician Literatures PQ 9450-9469.2 Library of Congress
   869.908-869.98 Dewey
Catalan Literatures PQ 9900-9976 Library of Congress
   849.9-849.999 Dewey
Basque Literatures PH 5280-5490 Library of Congress

General literary theory and criticism are classed in PN. Relevant materials in support of the program are also found in the appropriate sections of history, geography, sociology, anthropology, music, art, and bibliography

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Primary materials in the Spanish and Catalan languages form the core of the collection. Primary materials in Galician and Basque languages are selectively acquired to complement the collection. Secondary materials are collected mostly in Spanish and English languages but selectively in other Western languages (primarily French, Italian, and German). English language translations and critical editions of major literary works and works by many classical and contemporary authors are acquired.

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Although all geographical areas are covered, the collecting emphasis for Latin American countries has been traditionally on Mexico, Argentina, and Peru. Cuba has been the focus of special attention for ten years and in 1998 Puerto Rico was added to the list of preferential countries. In the future more emphasis will be dedicated to the growing literary production in the Spanish language inside of the United States.

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The collection consists of monographic materials and the standard serial publications in Literature and Philology, including a representative number of academic, institutional and university publications. It also consists of reference materials including the major Spanish language encyclopedias, dictionaries, periodical indexes, and bibliographies. All genres are collected, endeavoring to keep up with current prose, poetry and theatre likely to have a lasting place in literature. An area that needs a clear improvement is the representation of Spanish language newspapers in our collection. That will be studied in the next four years under the creation of the new Latin American Studies policy.

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The library acquires materials in all formats with no exceptions. Although most of the materials are in a printed format (monographs and serials), microfilm is also acquired when necessary--especially for pre-twentieth century publications. Materials in more innovative formats such as laser disc, DVD, etc., are also acquired taking first into consideration their technical compatibility with the College systems. The library also seeks to subscribe (and disseminate among its clientele) commercial or non-commercial materials accessed through Internet, that facilitate access to full text electronic monographs and/or serials related to the areas covered by this policy. (see Other Resources Available).

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The bulk of the Hispanic collection at Dartmouth Colleges libraries consists of more than 135,000 titles-56,000 of these are in Spanish language. More than 3500 volumes written in Spanish language and around 130 items written in Catalan language are located in Special Collections, covering a period that ranges from the 15th to the 20th centuries (about 500 of them are from before 1700).

Two full major collections catalogued into the DCIS (Dartmouth College Information System) are located in Special Collections:

The Quixote Collection is "An extensive collection of nearly two thousand volumes consisting of editions of Miguel Cervantes Saavedra' Don Quixote de la Mancha was acquired in 1963 by a gift of Norman Frederic Page, 1927. This comprehensive gathering of Quixotes includes not only Spanish imprints of the work but also translations in some sixteen languages. The earliest imprint in the collection is a Spanish text of the first Brussels edition part one printed by Roger Velpius in 1607 and part two by Huberto Antonio in 1616…". **

The Bryant Spanish Collection consists of almost 3,000 volumes from the William L. Bryant Foundation. This collection covers a broad historical period from the 16th to the 20th (222 titles were published before1700) and a broad list of topics as well. The collection catalog listed the titles in seventy different categories; There is an emphasis on regional material, archaeology, relations between Spain and her neighbors (France, Portugal, Italy), Spain's former African possessions, the Arabic culture, philology, art, travel, Basque culture, Gypsies and many other aspects of Spanish Culture.

The Spanish plays collection--located in the Tower Room--is another major collection currently in process of being included into the DCIS. In 1929 the College acquired a collection of about 10,000 Spanish plays from a Madrid bookseller, Garcia Rico & Cia,. By 1931 another 10,000 plays were collected and delivered to the library. This large collection covers a comprehensive collection of plays, written by well-known and obscure authors, published in Spain between 1800 to 1930 and, including theatrical productions of every type, such as, monologues, parodies, farces, zarzuelas, and a large number of short works belongings to the popular dramatic genre, the so-called "genero chico". ***

** Taken from The Brief Guide to Printed Books in Special Collections. Dartmouth College Library 1995.

*** The only narrative found about how Dartmouth College gathered this collection is an article published in Dartmouth Library Bulletin, Vol 1, No 1 April 1931.

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The DCIS is the in-house gateway where the library organizes and provides access to a wide variety of resources in the Spanish language, including general indexes such as the Modern Language Association (MLA), Handbook of Latin American Studies, Hispanic American Periodicals Index, etc., or full text databases such as Lexis Nexis (100 newspapers in Spanish), etc.

In the near future, the library aims to develop an electronic subject guide to other resources found on the Internet, of interest principally to the Spanish and Portuguese Department, including links to areas of study covered by this policy such as:

Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)
LANIC's mission is to facilitate access to Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America.

Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes
The Digital Library Miguel de Cervantes will offer a bibliographical collection of 30,000 works full text among other resources.

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Creation Date

March 1982 [Ralph Cryesky]

Revision Dates

September 1992 [Luis Villar]
October 1994 [Luis Villar]
October 2000 [Miguel Valladares]

LC Class



Miguel A. Valladares

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List of URLS

Association of Research Libraries--Latin Americanist Research Resources Project

Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes

Comparative Literature Program

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Fannie and Alan Leslie Center for the Humanities

Latin American, Latino& Caribbean Studies

Latin American Network Information Center

Latin America North East Libraries Consortium (LANE)

Liberal Studies

Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences

Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM)

Western European Studies Section (WESS) - Iberian Studies

Women's Studies

Last Updated: 8/5/16