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Hispanic Studies (Language, Literature and Culture)


Spanish Language and Literature



The language and literature collections in Hispanic Studies support the instructional and research needs of Dartmouth College undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, as well as other users within and beyond the college community. This policy seeks primarily to support the curriculum of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, providing comprehensive coverage of materials in Spanish language, literature, linguistics, culture 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, such as the Catalan, Galician and Basque languages, as well as selective coverage of materials in indigenous languages of Latin America and the Caribbean, such as Quechua, Nahuatl, and Guaraní, to name only a few.

The library's collections in the previously mentioned areas also support interdisciplinary programs, centers and/or institutes at Dartmouth College, including Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies, Comparative Literature, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Liberal Studies, Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences, Medieval and Renaissance Studies as well as the Leslie Center for the Humanities. Moreover materials collected under the framework of this policy support some courses and faculty research in the departments of History, Art History, Religion, Government, Geography, Anthropology, Philosophy, Film studies and Theater.

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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 part of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The Spanish curriculum presently offers 87 courses. Following its content, the course core can be divided as: introductory and advanced language courses, courses on different periods of Spanish and Latin American literatures, literary criticism and cultural studies, and some interdisciplinary courses on topics ranging from the Latinos in the US, to the performing arts, film, fashion. 

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese has 28 faculty members, ranging from lecturer to full professor, and 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 Department also offers 8 off-campus programs in the following locations: Barcelona, Madrid, Santander, Cuzco, 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.

Typically the advanced courses center around the specializations of the faculty and cover a broad spectrum of areas. Support of student and faculty research requires a broad understanding of what Hispanism means in the 21st century, and materials purchased for Hispanic Studies reflect a wide range of research interests and foci.

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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 language form the core of the collection. Primary materials in other languages spoken throughout Latin America or the Iberian Peninsula 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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All geographical areas of the Spanish-speaking world are covered under this policy, although the collecting emphasis in this library is for books published in Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.  Special care is taken to acquire examples of the growing literary production in the Spanish language inside of the United States, particularly from the US/Mexico border region.

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The collection consists of monographic materials and the standard serial publications in Literature, Philology, and Cultural Studies, 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. Special care is taken to honor "bibliodiversity," with effort to acquire materials published by independent publishers throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

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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. The library also subscribes to online resources that facilitate access to full text journals, monographs, and other materials covered by this policy. 

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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 in Hispanic Studies 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, many other aspects of Spanish Culture.

The Spanish plays collection--located in the Treasure Room--is another major collection. 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 library catalog points to a wide variety of resources in the Spanish language, including indexes to scholarly literature such as the MLA International Bibliography and the Bibliografía de literatura española, the Iter-Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, etc.; the Digitalia Hispánica ebook library; current and historical newspaper databases; streaming film resources such as Kanopy and Digitalia Film Library.  The library also benefits from its participation in the Borrow Direct network of lending libraries, which provides Dartmouth users with incomparable access to monograph collections in the Spanish language.

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Creation Date

March 1982 [Ralph Cryesky]

Revision Dates

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

September 2016 [Jill Baron]

LC Class



Jill Baron

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Last Updated: 9/28/16