New Publications of Note

Column Editor: Robert Kusmer

WESS Newsletter
Fall 2003

Vol. 27, no. 1

Editor: Sarah G. Wenzel

Association of College & Research Libraries
©American Library Association


Reviewers:
JKL = Jeffry K. Larson
RLK = Robert L. Kusmer
SFR = Susanne F. Roberts

French | German | Iberian | Italian

FRENCH

Aélion, Roger; & Rave, Andrée. La bibliothèque idéale. Grenoble: CRDP de l’Académie de Grenoble; Paris : Delagrave, c2000. 2 v.; 21 cm. Contents: v. 1. Domaine littéraire -- v. 2. Domaines documentaire et scientifique. (Collection 36: niveau lycée, ISSN 1264-3483) ISBN 2866225139 (CRDP); ISBN 2206080168 (Delagrave); LCCN: 2001348618: €30.50
A classed bibliography of works recommended for use in secondary education. The entries are very brief, indicating only author, title, and publisher, and infrequently annotated. Vol. 1 contains a 20-page chapter listing sub-genres of comic books. [JKL]

Astor, Jacques. Dictionnaire des noms de familles et noms de lieux du midi de la France. Millau: Editions du Beffroi, 2002. 1293 p.; 27 cm. ISBN 2908123592; LCCN: 2003442005: €76.00
A dictionary of 17,000 family and place names in Occitania. Entries are arranged alphabetically, thematically, or by language of origin. Entries provide phonetic and etymological information. Includes cross references, indices of themes and names, a 4-page bibliography, and a 2-page glossary of linguistic terms. [JKL]

Bender-Berland, Geneviève; Kramer, Johannes; & Reisdoerfer, Joseph. Dictionnaire étymologique des éléments français du luxembourgeois: (Dict. Et. Fr. Lux.). Tübingen: Narr, 2003- v.-. Incomplete contents: Fascicule 1. (Abat-Jour-Assürance). ISBN 3823345001 (complete set: pbk.). ISBN 3823345028 (v. 1- corrected: pbk.): €48.00
The first of 10 fascicles covering French elements found in the Luxemburger Wörterbuch, other contemporary lexicographical sources, and a corpus, LuxTexte. Entries include phonetic transcriptions, grammatical indications, lexical meanings, references to previous lexica, to occurences in the press, and to the corpus, as well as an etymological commentary and local usage, followed by bibliographical references. [JKL]

Bertaud du Chazaud, Henri. Dictionnaire de synonymes et mots de sens voisin. Paris: Gallimard, 2003. 1853 p.; 21 cm. (Quarto) ISBN 2070768422: €26.50
A soft-bound dictionary of synonyms and related terms including 60,000 entries and a million synonyms, related terms and phrases, according to the back-cover blurb. Entries indicate the part of speech and synonyms, with cross references to other entries. Includes a 7-page bibliography. The author was responsible for several editions of dictionaries of synonyms for Robert. [JKL]

Bibliographie théâtrale: outils pour la constitution d’un fonds spécialisé. [réalisée par Marie-Thérèse Meyer-Debuysscher, Marie-Pierre Bianchi et Nancy Anakesa; avec la collaboration de Lise Savourat]. Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2002. 172 p.; 23 cm. ISBN 2717722319: €20.00
A classed bibliography of 600 titles in French recommended for a special library in theater studies. The entries are very lightly annotated (usually just subject tracings). Provides selective analytics of 17 monographic series (arranged by series title). Includes indices of authors, and keywords, and a directory of relevant publishers, reviews, bookstores, libraries, and organizations, with e-mail addresses and URLs. A useful collection assessment tool. [JKL]

Boismenu, Gérard; & Beaudry, Guylaine. Le nouveau monde numérique: le cas des revues universitaires. Paris: Découverte*; [Montréal]: Presses de l’Université de Montréal**, 2002. 178 p.; 22 cm. (*Recherches/**Champ libre) ISBN *2707138932; **2760618404: C$24.95
An analysis of the situation of online scholarly journals, with special attention to the question of free access. Endnotes, but no bibliography or index. [JKL]

Cantalausa, [Joan de]. Diccionari general occitan: A partir dels parlars lengadocians. Lo monastri: Cultura d’oc, 2003. 1056 p.; 32 cm. ISBN: 2912293049: €125.00
A monolingual (including forematter) desk dictionary of Occitan. Entries include definitions, grammatical category, and occasional unsourced examples. Includes an introduction on the Occitan alphabet, phonology and morphology. Includes a conjugation table, a 1-page bibliography, and a map of Occitania. [JKL]

Choisir et jouer les textes dramatiques. Paris: Éditions thétrâles; Paris: Centre national du théâtre, 2003. 223 p.; 22 cm. ISBN: 2842601246: €16.00
A guide primarily aimed at theater directors and dramaturgs that should be of use to library selectors as well, as it emphasizes information sources over directing techniques. The classed entries cover publishers, catalogs of texts, bookstores, libraries, reviews, institutions, organizations, and web sites. [JKL]

Delamarre, Xavier. Dictionnaire de la langue gauloise: Une approche linguistique du vieux-celtique continental. 2e revue et augmentée Paris: Errance, c2003. 440 p.; 24 in. (Collection des Hespérides, ISSN 0982-2720) ISBN 2877722376: €36.00
The enlarged edition of a scholarly dictionary of the language of “our ancester, the Galls” containing more than 800 entries according to the back-cover blurb, and almost 950 entries according to the introduction. Entries include modern French equivalents, etymological notes, and correspondences with other Celtic and Indo-European languages; bibliographical references are embedded in the articles, with a 13-page list of bibliographical abbreviations. In appendix: a 10-page compendium of sourced Gaulish texts, a table of verb endings, correspondences of Gaulish and Latin names, and the following indices: personal names, place names, rivers, Latin terms deriving from Gaulish, Celtic terms, Indo-European terms, non-Indo-European, special correspondences between Gaulish and other Celtic languages, and semantic groups of Gaulish terms; followed by addenda and corrigenda with their own index. [JKL]

Doillon, Albert. Le dico de l’argent. [Paris]: Fayard, 2003. 416 p.; 24 cm. (Les mots en liberté) ISBN: 2213615659: €25.00
Another entry in the author’s series of specialized dictionaries that were noted in our Spring 2003 issue. Here are covered terms dealing with money, from technical jargon to slang. In appendix: a chronological list of terms referring to money in general, extended discussions of several terms, plus a list of terms referring to poverty, concluding with a 19-page bibliography. [JKL]

Enckell, Pierre; & Rézeau, Pierre. Dictionnaire des onomatopées. Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 2003. 579 p.; 23 cm. ISBN: 2130533183; LCCN: 2003-485076: €32.00
A scholarly dictionary of onomatopoeic terms, giving glosses, contexts, variants, derivatives, sourced illustrations, and historical notes. Includes a “petite anthologie onomatopéique”, a 60-page bibliography of sources and secondary literature, and indices of terms and derivatives. [JKL]

Encyclopédie des noms de famille. Ed. Marie-Odile Mergnac; preface by Jacques Dupâquier. Paris: Archives & culture, 2002. 592 p.; 28 cm. ISBN 2911665627 EUR 43.
Aimed at demographers and genealogists as well as the curious general public, the work treats 20,000 French surnames, recording in 1,300 maps their current geographical occurrences in various regions of France and ten European countries. The treatment of names includes etymological, anecdotal, historical aspects. Noteworthy bearers of a given name are noted as well as the number of holders in Quebec. Related but less common names are also covered. Based on reliable statistics, the maps contribute to the study of migration and demographic movements. [SFR]

Gaumer, Patrick. La BD. Paris : Larousse, 2002, 358 p.; 23 cm: ill. col. (Guide Totem) ISBN: 2035051304: €23.00
A subjective guide to comics and related genres, in 3 sections: sub-genres, geography, and favorites. Deliberately avoids over-treated topics (e. g., Franco-Belgian comics), which are covered in the author’s more comprehensive Dictionnaire mondial de la bande dessinée, noted in our Spring 2002 issue. Includes an index of authors and titles. [JKL]

Jaïn, Catherine; Toulouse, Sarah; Varéon, Lydie. Ouvrages de référence pour un fonds breton. 2e éd. rev., corr. et augm. Rennes: Bibliothèque municipale, 1999. 122 p.; 24 cm. ISBN 2906039381: FF 80
The 2nd edition of a classed (DDC) list of 537 reference works, surveys, and periodicals about Brittany, its history, culture, and language. No annotations except for subject indications (in French) when the title is only in Breton. Includes indices of authors and titles [JKL]

Lewino, Frédéric; Oualalou, Lamia. Paris à livre ouvert: Le guide des lecteurs, des livres et des auteurs. Paris: Autrement, 2003. 422 p.; cm. (Les guides culturels, 1275-7152) ISBN 2746703424: €14.95
A classed guide to literary or bookish venues in Paris: bookstores, bouquinistes, salons, fairs, markets, cafés, libraries, cultural centers, authors’ (and their heroes’) houses and haunts (including tombs), museums, publishers, writing workshops, stationers, binders, etc., as well as a brief anthology and an interesting classed list of web sites. Includes a 2-page bibliography and an index.

Méron, Jean. Orthotypographie: recherches bibliographiques. Paris: Convention typographique, 2002. xxv, 349 p.: ill.; 30 cm. ISBN 2951797117; LCCN: 2003432104: €32.00
A classed, occasionally annotated bibliography of what the author defines as “the act of writing correctly, according to an established norm, with the help of [movable] type”. Entries are arranged chronologically within each section, and often include tables of contents and holding locations. Includes indices of authors and collective or anonymous titles, and table of illustrations. Gallocentric: no mention of Mark Twain. [JKL]

Person, Laetitia. Les métiers du livre. Levallois-Perret: Jeunes Éd., 2001. 224 p.; 20 cm. (Guides J; 266) ISBN 2844720129: 69 F: 10.52
A guide to careers in publishing, the book trade, librarianship, documentation (grosso modo: special librarianship), and archives in France and the DOM-TOM. In Part I is described the universe of the book, followed by descriptions of specific positions in the 5 domains, and the training required for each. A chapter is also devoted to upbeat career guidance. Includes a classed directory of relevant institutions, a 1-page bibliography, and an index of institutional names. See the ENSSIB web site for updated and more accurate information on the various librarians' concours. [JKL]

Quillien, Christophe. La bande dessinée à Paris. Paris: Parigramme, 2003. 109 p.: ill.; 18 cm. (Paris est à nous) ISBN: 2840962896: €6.00
A classed directory to the Parisian world of comics and cartoons—both old and new: mainly shops, but also fairs, museums, cafés. Includes an index of places, i. e., names of shops, etc.; our (current) favorite: an avant-garde art and music shop in the 11th arrondissement called “Bimbo Tower.” [JKL]

Tanet, Chantal; & Hordé, Tristan. Dictionnaire des prénoms. Paris: Larousse, c2000. 480 p.: ill.; 24 cm. ISBN 2035320097: €21.00
A historical and etymological dictionary of mostly French traditional forenames. Entries include variants, family derivatives, foreign equivalents, biblical figures, patron saints, historical and fictional characters, and synchronic popularity. Includes a calendar of saints’ days, cross references, an index, and a 3-page bibliography. [JKL]

GERMAN

Albrecht, Monika and Dirk Göttsche, eds. Bachmann-Handbuch: Leben, Werk, Wirkung. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2002. 330 pp. ISBN 3476018105. € 49.90
Given the plethora of treatises on Bachmann, the appearance of the Handbuch is not surprising. Organized into several divisions: an introductory/foundational section dealing with biography, bibliography and reception; a section on the works, divided by genre and title; wider contexts of the work in the humanities, including historical contexts; and an appendix including bibliographies and indexes. The Handbuch is the work of twelve Bachmann scholars. [RLK]

Beutin, Wolfgang, et al. Deutsche Literaturgeschichte: von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. 6., verb. und erw. Aufl. mit 524 Abbildungen. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2001. 721 pp., illus., ports. ISBN 3476017583. € 29.90
In the seven odd years since the 5th ed., this work has grown by some 100 pages through the inclusion of a new chapter, “Die literarische Moderne (1890-1920),” the addition of the literary history since 1996, and general updating. Includes an expanded bibliography and a combined index for persons and works. [RLK]

Buchmann, Jochen. Wörterbuch deutscher Assonanzen und Alliterationen. 1. Aufl. Berlin: NORA, 2002. 538 pp. ISBN 3935445806. € 29.90
According to the author, this is the first German dictionary of assonance and alliteratation. Divided into two sections, one by assonance sounds, one by alliteration sounds. Useful for all those who wish to enrich their German composition through such devices, which, like rhyme, relate to the sound and musicality of language. [RLK]

Duden: Deutsch als Fremdsprache / herausgegeben von der Dudenredaktion. Mannheim: Dudenverlag, 2002. 1152 pp. ISBN 3411717319. € 18
The first Duden intended expressly for foreign students of German. Contains 18,500 entries, including the complete vocabulary for the “Zertifikat Deutsch.” Includes synonyms and usage in context, including idiomatic expressions, and a 48-page section at the end, “Deutsch als Fremdsprache.”
Other Duden dictionaries recently published are the following revised editions:
Duden: das Bedeutungswörterbuch. Duden in 12 Bänden , Bd. 10.
3., neubearbeitete und erw. Aufl. 2002. ISBN 341104103X. € 21.50
Duden: das Fremdwörterbuch. Duden in 12 Bänden , Bd. 5.
7., neu bearbeitete und erw. Auf. 2001. ISBN 3411040572. € 21.50
Duden: Redewendungen: Wörterbuch der deutschen Idiomatik. Duden in 12 Bänden , Bd. 11. 2., neu bearbeitete und aktualisierte Aufl. 2002. ISBN 3411041129. € 21.50
Duden: Zitate und Aussprüche. Duden in 12 Bänden , Bd. 12.
2., neu bearbeitete und aktualisierte Aufl. 2002. ISBN 3411041226. € 21.50
Duden: Das Stilwörterbuch. Duden in 12 Bänden, Bd. 2.
8., völlig neu bearbeitete Aufl. 2001. ISBN 3411040289. € 21.50
Duden: Herkunftswörterbuch: Etymologie der deutschen Sprache.
Duden in 12 Bänden, Bd. 7.
3., völlig neu bearbeitete und erw. Aufl. 2001. ISBN 3411040734. € 21.50
Duden: Deutsches Universalwörterbuch. 5., überarbeitete Aufl. 2003.
ISBN 3411055057. € 32 [RLK]

Eckert, Michael, et al., eds. Lexikon der theologischen Werke. Stuttgart: Kröner, 2003. 849 pp. ISBN 3520493012 (cloth). € 58
Provides a brief introduction to over 1,000 works of Christian theology from the early church up through the 20th century. The signed articles, written by over 250 scholars, include a citation to the primary source and secondary references. Includes an index of the titles arranged by author. [RLK]

Fischer, Bernhard. Der Verleger Johann Friedrich Cotta: chronologische Verlagsbibliographie 1787-1832, aus den Quellen bearbeitet. Deutsches Literaturarchiv. Verzeichnisse, Berichte, Informationen, 30. Marbach am Neckar : Deutsche Schillergesellschaft; München: in Verbindung mit K.G. Saur, 2003.
3 vols., [6] folded leaves of plates, facsims.
ISBN 3598116322 (pbk.) € 168, 3598116330 (bound) € 248
Cotta, the famed publisher of the titans of German literature and philosophy in the age of Goethe, founded 1659 by Johann Georg Cotta I., taken over in 1787 and brought to its zenith by Johann Friedrich Cotta, passed on to his son and finally absorbed by Adolph Kröner in 1889, is comprehensively documented in its heyday here by Bernhard Fischer and the Deutsches Literaturarchiv. Following an introduction, history of the publisher and bibliography, the work carefully enumerates in a chronological fashion by year the entire corpus of publications; within each year, arrangement is by categories: books and graphic works, periodicals, commissioned works, announced works which were never published. Full bibliographic and publishing details are provided: complete collation, printer, price, copies printed, reception citations, etc. Vol. 3 is an index to the 2,246 entries: by titles, authors, illustrators/engravers, composers, printers, dedications, lithography. [RLK]

Kern, Manfred and Alfred Ebenbauer, eds. Lexikon der antiken Gestalten in den deutschen Texten des Mittelalters. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2003. 722 pp.
ISBN 3110162571. € 158
Documents the appearance of historical and mythological figures from classical antiquity (through the time of Constantine the Great) in German courtly lyric and epic poetry and in non-literary works from ca. 1050-1350. The articles, which are arranged alphabetically by figure, are comprised of information defining and describing the theater of activities of the figure, followed by documentation of literary and other works in which they appear, and concluding with a commentary section. The volume opens with a lengthy essay on the reception of classical antiquity in the Middle Ages, and closes with indexes of entries by authors and works, of name variants and of article titles. [RLK]

Köpp, Franka and Sabine Wolf. Wolfgang Hildesheimer, 1916-1991. Findbuch-Editionen. Berlin: Stiftung Archiv der Akademie der Künste, c2002. 308 pp., port. ISBN 3831129436. € 20
A descriptive catalog of the holdings of the Hildesheimer Archive in Berlin, this publication documents not only Hildesheimer’s literary work and associated archival materials, but also his correspondence, biographical material, photographs, and the secondary literature on the author. A selective primary bibliography, chronology and indexes of persons and works round out the volume. [RLK]

Kreuzer, Johann, ed. Hölderlin-Handbuch: Leben, Werk, Wirkung. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2002. 558 pp. ISBN 3476017044. € 49.90
A useful collocation of bio-bibliographical and critical coverage of the German poet by twenty-nine Hölderlin scholars. Sections survey Hölderlin editions, biography, the intellectual and literary contexts, poetics, the individual works, reception, chronology, bibliography and indexes. [RLK]

Lautenbach, Ernst. Lexikon Schiller-Zitate: aus Werk und Leben. München: Iudicium, 2003. 941 pp. ISBN 3891298056. € 24.80
Alphabetically arranged topical organization of quotations from Schiller’s complete opus as well as from the correspondence; in the case of reference to persons, a brief editorial introduction is provided. This is thus a thematic, rather than concordance-type work. Includes chronology of Schiller’s life, bibliography of Schiller’s works referenced (including poem, essay and other analytic-level titles), bio-bibliographic list of correspondents. [RLK]

Müther, Karl-Heinz. Bibliographie Arno Schmidt. 6. Nachlieferung. Bibliographien zur deutschen Literaturgeschichte, Bd. 1 (6. Nachlieferung). Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2003. 123 pp. ISBN 3985284017.
The latest biennial update to the Schmidt bibliography, whose original compilation, covering the years 1949-1991 was published in 1992. [RLK]

Strutz, Barbara. Bibliographie Paul Raabe. 2. Ausg., zu seinem 75. Geburtstag herausgegeben von Georg Ruppelt, mit einem Beitrag von Wolfgang Adam. München: Saur, 2002. 197 pp., port., facsims. ISBN 359811589X. € 78
It has been fifteen years since the publication of the 1st edition of Strutz’s bibliography, at that time in honor of Raabe on his 60th birthday. The present publication is twice the size of the original and includes, in addition to 777 entries, an essay on the preeminent scholar by Wolfgang Adam, prefatory remarks by Barbara Strutz, and the address held in Wolfenbüttel, “Der Bibliothekar Paul Raabe” by Georg Ruppelt. Includes writings by and about Raabe, a biographical chronology, and indexes of persons and topics. [RLK]

Thomä, Dieter, ed. Heidegger-Handbuch: Leben, Werk, Wirkung. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2003. 574 pp. ISBN 3476018040. € 49.90
A useful collocating resource for bio-bibliographical and critical information on one of the prominent and influential—if intellectually opaque and politically certainly not without controversy—philosophers of the 20th century. The signed contributions by nearly fifty scholars are organized into two main sections. The first examines Heidegger’s works, organized by key themes, terms, or titles (e.g., “Ereignis,” “Auseinandersetzung mit Nietzsche,” or “Die Frage nach dem Ding.” The second section examines the philosopher within the intellectual contexts of the time as well as from the standpoint of his influence. All essays in both sections include generous bibliographies. A chronology comprises a third section. There follows a bibliography of primary works and of secondary works, organized into categories by form and topic. Includes indexes by personal name and topic. [RLK]

Wahrig-Burfeind, Renate. Wahrig Universalwörterbuch Rechtschreibung. Dtv 32524. Ungekürzte Ausg. München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 2002. 1316 p.
ISBN 3423325240. € 15
As Frau Wahrig-Burfeind states in the preface, there is no turning back from the transition to the German orthographic reform that took effect Aug. 1, 1998 and whose transition period concludes—at this point—in 2005. This does not preclude refinements based on criticism, which could be instituted thereafter. The entries and examples in this dictionary are solely constructed according to the new rules, while ambiguous cases are presented for guidance. In addition to the usual appended grammatical apparatus, there is a substantial detailed commentary essay by Dr. Peter Eisenberg on “Grundregeln der deutschen Orthografie.” [RLK]

Weber, Horst and Manuela Schwartz, eds. Quellen zur Geschichte emigrierter Musiker 1933-1950 =Sources relating to the history of emigré musicians 1933-1950. I, Kalifornien/California. München: Saur, 2003. 364 pp. ISBN 3598237464. € 78
The first volume in a set to be comprised of several parts, this project provides catalogs of archives and their contents, the texts of selected primary documents and several indexes on musicians who emigrated because of Nazi persecution. Vol. 1 is restricted to archival repositories in California. Arrangement is by city, then by archive. Items within each repository are categorized by type (for example: manuscripts, official documents, letters, etc.). [RLK]

IBERIAN

Alfaro Torres, Paloma. La imprenta en Cuenca, 1528-1679. Madrid: Arco/Libros, c2002. 324 p.: ill.; 25 cm. (Colección Tipobibliografía española) ISBN 8476355149; LCCN: 2002496238: €56.65
A descriptive catalog of Golden Age “coquense” imprints. Entries are arranged chronologically and include compete physical descriptions, bibliographical references, and holding locations. The editor's introduction provides notices on printers. Contains a 15-page bibliography and 4 indices: holding libraries, author/title, personal names (general), and a table of illustrations. [JKL]

Almirante, José. Diccionario militar. Madrid: Ministerio de Defensa, 2002 [c1989]. 2 v. (1162 p.); 24 cm. (Colección Clésicos) Contents: t. 1. A-G -- t. 2. H-Z. ISBN 8478230033 (Obra completa); ISBN 8478230041 (t. 1); ISBN 847823005X; (t. 2); LCCN: 95150030: €24.00
The trouble with the Spanish is that they don't have a word for conquistador (q. v.). A reprint of the 1989 edition (same ISBN), itself a re-edition—the first being 1869. [JKL]

Bibliografía de lingüística general y española, 1964-1990: Tomo de índices y abreviaturas. Eds. Valerio Báez San José ... [et al.]. [Alcalá de Henares]: Servicio de Publicaciones, Universidad de Alcalá, 1995. 118 p.; 24 cm. ISBN 8481389668. €9.80
The promised volume of abbreviations and indices of the work (LCCN: 95235069) noted in our Spring 1996, Fall 1997, Spring 1998, Fall 1999, and Spring 2000 issues. Contains abbreviations of publishers and publications. The “index” is a “thematic repertory of biblographic entries”, i. e., a table of contents without page numbers. [JKL]

Carbonell Basset, Delfín. Diccionario panhispánico de refranes, de autoridades e ideológico, basado en principios históricos que demuestran cuándo se ha utilizado un refrán, cómo se ha empleado y quién lo ha utilizado, con proverbios, adagios, dichos, frases y sentencias de la lengua castellana: una antología de los refranes documentados en las letras hispánicas. Barcelona: Herder, c2002. 527 p.; 23 cm. ISBN 8425422329: €34.00
A scholarly dictionary of Hispanic proverbs. Entries include paraphrases, sourced examples, and indications of regional use. Includes a 28-page bibliography; cross references, but no index. [JKL]

La ciencia ficción española. Fernando Martínez de la Hidalga ... [et al.]. Madrid: Ediciones Robel, 2002. 509 p., [32] p. of plates: ill. (some col.), ports.; 25 cm. ISBN 8493182737: €25.00
A collection of essays by divers hands that study the major authors, veins, and trends of Spanish science fiction up to the present. The various chapters contain bibliographies. A 59-page chronological catalog of publisher’s series concludes the volume. No index. [JKL]

Correa Ramón, Amelina. El libro popular. Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2001. 258 p.; 22 cm. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.) Colección Literatura breve; 7) ISBN 8400036298: €21.00
Tabular descriptions of novels published in a Spanish popular weekly series from 1912 to 1914; in appendix analyses of other series with the same title. Arranged in chronological order, 2-page length entries describe the formal and substantive characteristics of each work. Includes a 2-page secondary bibliography. The accompanying CD-ROM with set-up instructions in Castilian on a separate slip contains a catalog of the novels as well as indices of authors and illustrators. See the annotation of Fernández Gutiérrez’ La Novela Semanal (no. 5 in the series) in our Spring 2001 issue, and our annotation of Palenque below. For a critique of the usefulness of the CD-ROM, see the review of Fernández Gutiérrez in the forthcoming issue of RRE. [JKL]

Cuadriello, Jorge Domingo. Los españoles en las letras cubanas durante el siglo 20: diccionario bio-bibliográfico. Sevilla: Renacimiento, 2002. 270 p.; 24 cm. ISBN 8584720691: €18.00
Bio-bibliographies of 20th-century Peninsular authors active in Cuba. Includes a 5-page bibliography of sources and a catalog of literary reviews. [JKL]

Diccionari de la literatura valenciana (1968-2000). Ed. Gabriel Sansano; Anna Esteve Guillén ... [et al.]. Alicante: Instituto de Cultura Juan Gil-Albert, 2002. 367 p.; 24 cm. ISBN 8477848742: €12.65
Bio-bibliographies of contemporary authors living in the province of Valencia and writing in what is called either Valencian or Catalan. The introduction surveys contemporary Valencian literature by genre. Entries also provide secondary bibliographies. Includes indices of authors’ names, place of birth, titles, and genre. The database is also available at http://www.mmlab.ua.es/lletraferit/; a commercial CD-ROM is also planned. [JKL]

Diccionario de escritores de Málaga y su provincia. Ed. Cristóbal Cuevas. Madrid: Castalia, 2002. 999 p.; 26 cm. ISBN 8497400364: €71.60
A historical dictionary of writers from the province of Malaga. The signed entries are of varying length—the one on Ballesteros is 9 pages long—with bibliographic references embedded in the text, though some have lists of titles at the end. No bibliography or index. [JKL]

Diccionario de la comedia del Siglo de Oro. Eds. Frank P. Casa, Luciano García Lorenzo, Germán Vega García-Luengos. Madrid: Editorial Castalia, c2002. xxi, 429 p.; 24 cm. (Castalia Instrumenta; 9) ISBN 849740033X: €18.00
A scholarly dictionary of Golden Age theater, covering texts, productions, genres, rhetoric, characters, historical and sociological aspects, etc. Entries signed by international academics conclude with references to the 35-page bibliography, Includes a classed list of entries (origins and development, textual terms, genres, sources and themes, stock characters, poetics, concepts and ideology, production, reception and criticism) and a general index. Skimpily illustrated: e. g., no pictures or diagrams of theaters or scenography. Reviewed in RREO 8. [JKL]

Diccionario de uso del español de América y España. [dirección editorial, Núria Lucena Cayuela]. Barcelona: Vox, 2002. xxiii, 2022 p.; 27 cm. Cover: “La universalidad del español en más de 112,000 significados” ISBN 8483323494; LCCN: 2003429237: EUR 45.00
A monolingual desk dictionary containing 53,000 entries, 10,000 phrases, 112,000 acceptions, 100,000 illustrative examples, 21,000 synonyms, 3,000 antonymes, 7,000 notes, 4,700 etymologies, grammatical tables, and conjugation tables. Entries include phrases, grammatical categories, register of use, regional and technical usage, definitions, and other elements noted above, as well as cross references. It is not clearly indicated what the relationship is to the publisher’s previous entry in the field, Walford6 v.3/#5815 = Diccionario general de la lengua española: ilustrado (Barcelona: Vox, 1997). [JKL]

Diccionario general del teatro. / coordinación de Ricardo de la Fuente, Sergio Villa. Salamanca: Almar - Colegio de España, 2003. 360 p.; 24 cm. (Diccionarios; 4) ISBN 8474550866: €20.00
Billing itself as the “continuation” of the Diccionario del teatro iberoamericano noted in our Spring 2003 issue, this work covers non-Hispanic theater with the same approach and format. [JKL]

Dicionário de literatura portuguesa, brasileira, galega, africana, estilística literária: Actualização. V. 1: A-D; v. 2: E-O. Ed. Jacinto do Prado Coelho; coord. Ernesto Rodrigues, Pires Laranjeira, Viale Moutinho. Lisboa: Figueirinhas, 2002-. ISBN 9726611792 (obra completa): $50.00/vol.
A supplement that updates and extends Balay BE1364/Walford6 3/#8313, the reprint of the 1989 edition of which was noted in our Spring 1996 issue. In some cases the updating is simply of the end-of-article bibliographies. The coverage now extends to African Lusophone literature, and the treatment of Galician literature is expanded and more detailed. [JKL]

Diccionario Espasa de historia de España y América. Eds. Jaime Alvar and Domingo Plácido. Madrid: Espasa Calpe, 2002. 1154 p.; plates; 25 cm. ISBN 8467003162. EUR 54.
The only current dictionary, according to the editor, of such vast scope to treat Spanish and American history, this work offers fairly brief articles covering local history, political and cultural figures, military affairs, political and social concepts, socioeconomic and ideological terms, and cultural materials. The coverage is sweeping, from prehistory to the 20th century, from Spain to the Americas, from theory to historiography. Alphabetically arranged, 4,000 signed entries include bibliography and cross references; there are over 140 colored illustrations. [SFR]

Diccionario político y social del siglo 19 español. Eds. Javier Fernández Sebastián and Juan Francisco Fuentes. Madrid: Alianza, 2002. 772 p.; 24 cm. ISBN 8420686034.
The fruit of a multi-year collaborative project, this dictionary does not simply define terms. Rather it gathers in over 100 articles the essentials of the socio-political vocabulary or concepts, which developed in Spain as in the rest of the Western world during the 19th century, and remain in force today. Written by specialists, entries on terms such as liberalism, democracy, working class, constitution, party, capitalism, etc., treat these concepts--born in the liberal revolutions of that era – in the Spanish context,
giving readers information and a critical perspective on the ideological world of Spain in the 19th century. The entries have cross-references; bibliography and subject indexes complete the work. [SFR]

Gran diccionario de uso del español actual. / proyecto, dirección y edición, Aquilino Sánchez. Alcobendas-Madrid: Sociedad General Española de Librería, 2001. 2133 p.; 25 cm. ISBN 8471438720: EUR60.00
A general monolingual desk dictionary containing 70,000 terms, 150,000 acceptions, 100,000 illustrative examples. Entries include frequency indications, definitions (arranged by frequency of use), sphere of use, phonetic transcription, regional usages, grammatical notes, synonyms, and antonyms. Based on the corpus Cumbre, for a description of which see Aquilino Sánchez’ Cumbre: corpus lingüístico del español contemporáneo: fundamentos, metodología y aplicaciones (Madrid: Sociedad General Española de Librería, 1995). [JKL]

Guía de premios y concursos literarios en España 2002/2003. Madrid: Ediciones y Talleres de Escritura Creativa Fuentetaja, 2002. 359 p.; 24 cm. (Colección Herramientas) ISBN: 8495079682: €22.00
A biennial directory of more than 1600 Spanish literary prizes, arranged largely by genre, within which the listing is by date. Includes a 14-page chapter on Latin America, and indices of titles of award, amounts, granting agencies, genres, languages/dialects, and subjects. Previously noted in our Fall 2000 and Spring 1997 issues. [JKL]

Hernández Alonso, César. Diccionario de germanía. Madrid: Gredos, 2002. 529 p.; 25 cm. (Biblioteca Románica Hispánica. Diccionarios; 24) ISBN 8424923472: €49.00
A dictionary of Spanish underworld slang. Entries include Castilian equivalents, illustrative examples (sometimes sourced), lexical fields, and bibliographical references. Includes cross references a 10-page bibliography, and an index of terms by lexical field. [JKL]

Historia de la edición y de la lectura en España, 1472-1914. Eds. Víctor Infantes, François López, Jean-François Botrel. Madrid: Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez, c2003. 860 p.: ill. (color plates); 26 cm. (Biblioteca del libro) ISBN 8489384401: €100.18
A collective scholarly history of publishing and reading in modern Spain up to WWI. Signed chapters are followed by endnotes. A 72-page bibliography is divided according to the book’s 3 chronological sections. [JKL]

A imprenta en Galicia: século XIX. [Ed., José Ignacio Cabano Vázquez.]. Santiago de Compostela: Xunta de Galicia, Consellería de Cultura, Comunicación Social e Turismo, Dirección Xeral de Promoción Cultural, 2002. 2 v. (xiii, 1685 p.): ill.; 24 cm. (Bibliofilia de Galicia; 18; “Catálogo colectivo do patrimonio bibliográfico de Galicia”) ISBN 8445333283 (Obra completa), ISBN 8445333291 (v. 1), ISBN 8445333305 (v. 2); LCCN: 2003441385: €49.44
A union catalog of 19th-century Gallegan imprints, arranged by main entry. Includes indices of names, titles, printers and publishers (the last two both alphabetically and geographically). In appendix: abbreviations of technical terms and religious orders, and a directory of participating libraries. [JKL]

Infantes, Víctor. De las primeras letras: cartillas españolas para enseñar a leer de los siglos XVII y XVIII: preliminar y edición facsímil de [60] obras. Salamanca: Universidad de Salamanca, 2003. 2 v. (1037 p.): facsims.; 24 cm. (Obras de referencia; 18, 19) ISBN 8478007245: €169.32
Studies and diplomatic editions of readers from 17th- and 18th-century Spain, continuing the author’s similarly titled tome on the 15th and 16th centuries in the same series (1998). Includes the following indices: author/title, names, typographical (by various points of access), holding locations, and first lines. Not in RLIN or OCLC as of 030908. [JKL]

Marsá, María. La imprenta en La Rioja, siglos XVI-XVII. Madrid: Arco/Libros, c2002. 302 p.: ill.; 25 cm. (Colección Tipobibliografía española) ISBN 8476355157; LCCN: 2002496239: €56.65
A descriptive catalog of Golden Age “riojan” imprints. Entries are arranged chronologically and include compete physical descriptions, bibliographical references, and holding locations. The editor’s historical introduction provides notices on printers. Contains a 21-page bibliography and 3 indices: author/title, personal names (general), and holding libraries, as well as a chronological list of ghosts and a table of illustrations. [JKL]

Messner, Dieter; & Jutz, Sylvia. Dicionário dos dicionários portugueses. Salzburg: Institut für Romanistik der Universität Salzburg, 1994-2002>. Contents: XXXVIII: O. (Bibliotheca hispano-lusa [ISSN 1019-1119]; 19) No ISBN; not in VLB; price not available.
The volume covering the letter O in this ambitious exercise in historical lexicography that was noted in our Spring 1999 issue. [JKL]

Miguel Martínez, Emilio de. Teatro español, 1980-2000: catálogo visitado. Salamanca: Universidad de Salamanca, 2002. 231 p.: ill.; 24 cm. (Obras de referencia; 18) ISBN 847800789X: €24.00
Covered herein are more than 1370 plays by some 330 Spanish playwrights who were first performed or published in the last 2 decades of the 20th century. The bulk of the book consists of 15 chapters that treat themes in selected plays; each chapter being followed by its bibliography. In appendix: a 38-page bibliography of authors and plays from the period, a title index, and a 2-page secondary bibliography. PS: The author declares he doesn’t know or care if his subtitle “catálogo visitado” is received usage or not. [JKL]

Muñoz Marquina, Francisco. Bibliografía fundamental sobre la literatura española: fuentes para su estudio. Madrid: Editorial Castalia, c2003. 745 p.; 24 cm. (Castalia instrumenta; 10) ISBN 8497400348; LCCN: 2003460488: €46.75
The title is a little misleading. The author provides summaries of 500 critical works in Spanish that analyse major Spanish (peninsular) literary texts. Arranged chronologically, the entries give the bibliographic details of the work summarized and offer a non-evaluative précis of a page-and-a-half long. Includes an index of names. [JKL]

Palenque, Marta. La poesía en las colecciones de literatura popular: “Los poetas” (1920 y 1928) y “Romances” (S.F.). Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2001. 222 p.; 22 cm. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.) (Colección Literatura breve; 8) ISBN 8400044479: €21.00
Tabular descriptions of poetry published in two Spanish popular weekly series from 1920 to 1929; in appendix selected prefaces from Los Poetas. Arranged in chronological order, brief entries describe the formal characteristics of each volume, indicating the author and title of the preface. The historical introduction is longer than in other numbers in the series. Includes a 4-page secondary bibliography. The accompanying CD-ROM with set-up instructions in Castilian on a separate slip contains a catalog of the issues as well as indices of authors and illustrators. See the annotation of Fernández Gutiérrez’ La Novela Semanal (no. 5 in the series) in our Spring 2001 issue and our annotation of Correa above. For a critique of the usefulness of the CD-ROM, see the review of Fernández Gutiérrez in the forthcoming issue of RRE. [JKL]

Pasamar Alzuria, Gonzalo. Diccionario akal de historiadores españoles contemporáneos (1840-1980) / Gonzalo Pasamar Alzuria e Ignacio Peiró Martín. Tres Cantos, Madrid : Akal Ediciones, 2002. 699 p.; 25 cm. ISBN 8446014890. EUR 36.05.
Following a long, scholarly, and fascinating introduction to the history of historiography in Spain and to the dictionary’s methodology, the bulk of the work treats over 500 Spanish historians who flourished between the mid 19th and the late 20th century. Extensive information for each is presented in the following categories: dates, social origins, academic formation, marriage and family, career, other activities, honors and distinctions, principal works, political orientation, and sources used. This rich and detailed prosopography is completed by a bibliography and index of names. [SFR]

Pharies, David A. Diccionario etimológico de los sufijos españoles y de otros elementos finales. Madrid: Gredos, 2002. 769 p.; 25 cm. (Biblioteca románica hispánica; V; Diccionarios; 25) ISBN: 8424923391: €47.50
A scholarly etymological dictionary of Castilian endings. Entries are structured in 4 parts: summary, function of the element in its original language, its function in Spanish, and words containing the same element but from another origin. Includes a 10-page bibliography of works cited, and indices of endings and words. [JKL]

Praça, Afonso. Novo dicionário de calão. Lisboa: Notícias, [2001] 259 p.; 23 cm. (Colecção Outros dicionários) ISBN 9724611892: $26.00
A popular dictionary of Portuguese slang. Entries give standard Portuguese equivalents and occasional sourced examples. Includes a 4-page bibliography. [JKL]

Raposo Costa, Jaime. Autori portoghesi tradotti ed editi in Italia: narrativa, poesia, saggistica (1898- 1998): catalogo ragionato. Roma: Ambasciata del Portogallo, 1999. 127 p.; 24 cm.
A bibliography of translations of Portuguese texts into Italian in the 20th century, including chapters and selections in anthologies. Arranged by author, the entries include brief biographical notes. Includes a list of anthologies indexed, indices of authors, translators, and publishers. “Ed. not in trade, few copies available through us” (Casalini blurb). [JKL]

Sanz, Gregorio. Diccionario universal de efemérides de escritores: de todos los tiempos. Madrid, España: Biblioteca Nueva, c1999. 1046 p.; 25 cm. (Diccionarios temáticos) ISBN 8470306650: €60.00
A biographical dictionary of world authors from all periods. An alphabetical section provides very brief entries showing dates, country, and field of writing. Includes a 2-page bibliography and 2 chronological indices: one by date in the year, the other by year. [JKL]

Século de Ouro: antologia crítica da poesia portuguesa do Século XX. Eds. Silvestre, Osvaldo; & Serra, Pedro. Lisboa: Angelus Novus & Cotovia, 2002. 664 p.; 26 cm. ISBN: 9727950450: €54.80
A collection of critical readings by 73 essayists of as many poems by 47 20th-century Portuguese poets. Each essay is preceded by the poem it comments and followed by a brief bibliography. In appendix: bio-bibliographies of the poets and the essayists, followed by indices of the poets, the essayists, and the poems’ titles or first lines, as well as a chronological table of the poems, and a list of the editions cited. It is not clear how Pessoa’s “heteronyms” are counted: they are listed separately in the table of contents, but are not given the bio-bibliographies with which their creator endowed them. [JKL]

Stathatos, Constantin C. Juan del Encina: a tentative bibliography (1496-2000). Teatro del siglo de oro. Bibliografias y catalogos, 39. Kassel: Edition Reichenberger, 2003.
140 pp. ISBN 3935004702 (cloth). € 39
The compiler does not claim comprehensiveness for this bibliography, which is divided into the following groupings: editions and adaptations, translations, and criticism. Includes book reviews (including those published since 2000), but does not contain entries for recordings of the plays. Includes indexes of scholars and translators, and of subjects. [RLK]

ITALIAN

Balzano, Cristina. Cento anni di cinema civile: dizionario cronologico tematico. Roma: Editori riuniti, 2002. 380 p.; 21 cm. (Memo) ISBN 8835952026; LCCN: 2002502396: €18.00
An international filmography of feature films with social themes released in Italy (no short subjects, documentaries, or animated films). After a 21-page history of the category, the entries are arranged in chronological, then alphabetical order, giving the following information: Italian title, original title, director, country of origin, date of original release, 3 leading cast members, and a short précis. Next follows a thematic index arranged in 4 categories: global environment, human rights, war, political power, and society, in which the films are parsed in divers sub-categories. Also includes an essay on how to analyse a film, the analyses of 10 film classics, a 2-page bibliography, and an index of Italian titles. [JKL]

Catalogo della fiction italiana 1988-2000. / a cura dell’Osservatorio sulla fiction italiana. Roma: Rai Eri, c2001. 392 p.; 22 cm + 1 CD-ROM. (VQPT; 181) System requirements for accompanying CD-ROM: PC or Macintosh computer, 200MHz; Windows 95 or higher, Mac OS 7; Soundblaster or compatible sound card; 32MB of RAM; SVGA 600x800 color monitor; CD-ROM drive. ISBN 8839711694: €20.66
A catalog of fictional programs transmitted by Rai and Mediaset in the last thirteen years of the 20th century. Entries are in alphabetical order by title, and show the channel, date, and major credits, followed by a brief synopsis. The book concludes with a 4-page technical glossary. Also on the CD-ROM, though announced in a back cover blurb and the forematter as being in the book, are actors’ biographies and an index by seasons. The easy-to-install CD-ROM also comports an engine that searches simple terms in 4 fields. [JKL]

Il corpo della musa: erotismo e pornografia nella letteratura italiana dal ’200 al ’900: storia, antologia, dizionario. [a cura di] Riccardo Reim. Roma: Editori riuniti, 2002. lxx, 488 p. ill. (some col.); 22 cm. ISBN 8835952794: €30.00
A 58-page historical survey followed by by an anthology of erotic texts. Concludes with brief bio-bibliographies. Contains drawings and color plates of paintings from all periods. [JKL]

Macchi, Federico; & Macchi, Livio. Dizionario illustrato della legatura. Milano: S. Bonnard, 2002. xxix, 617 p., [24] col. leaves of plates: ill.; 30 cm. ISBN 8886842414 : €260.00
“First in-depth dictionary on the history and art of book-binding” (Casalini blurb). A typical entry includes equivalents in other Europen languages, a definition, synonyms, cross references, followed by a very brief bibliography. In appendix: an index of synonyms, Latin, French, English and German glossaries, a list of cited workshops and binders, a directory of Italian libraries with collections of bindings, a list of binding exhibits from 1891 to the present, a 30-bibliography with its own subject index, a page-length bibliography of antiquarian catalogs, and a directory of relevant associations. [JKL]

Le Riviste di italianistica nel mondo: atti del convegno internazionale Napoli, 23-25 novembre 2000. Ed. Marco Santoro. Roma: Istituti editoriali e poligrafici internazionali, c2002. xvii, 381 p.; 25 cm. (Quaderni di Esperienze letterarie; 3) ISBN 888147252X: €92.96
Proceedings of a symposium on Italian studies journals. The bulk of the papers are on specific titles, some are on general topics, and others survey reviews from various countries. The articles on France, Spain, Argentina, USA, and Hungary provide bibliographies or directories of publications from those countries. [JKL]

Tomasi, Francesca. Cronologia ragionata della letteratura italiana. Bologna: Gedit, 2002. 172 p.; 21 cm. (Strumenti e saggi di letteratura; 2) ISBN: 8888120165: €15.00
In tabular format, a classed chronology of Italian literature, “structured by literary genres, historical movements, or cultural phenomena,” according to the back-cover blurb. Includes indices of authors and titles. [JKL]

 

 


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