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An overview of resources for research in Italian Studies, medieval to contemporary.
The MLA International Bibliography provides bibliographic records for books, book chapters, journal articles, and dissertations published in the fields of modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. Full text is available for some articles. The MLAIB covers items published from around 1920 to the present.
The Bibliografia Generale della Lingua e della Letteratura Italiana (BiGLI) is an annual index of scholarly monographs, journals, book chapters, and reviews in the field of Italian languages and literatures. Entries provide brief abstracts; publications described in reviews are also indexed, though not necessarily abstracted. Includes the entire contents of the print version of BiGLI (1993-2015), with coverage going back to 1991 and limited coverage to 1981 for titles described in reviews.
This database indexes about 1,700 arts and humanities journals. Dates of coverage: 1975 to present.
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Oxford Bibliographies presents constantly updated articles that contain citations (with annotations) and commentaries for sources across the disciplines. Users can search topics and gather relevant journal article and book citations, online resources, data sources, and more.
Comprised of secondary source material pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Citations for books and journal material (articles, reviews, review articles, bibliographies, catalogues, abstracts and discographies) are included, as are citations for dissertation abstracts and essays in books (including entries in conference proceedings, festschriften, encyclopedias and exhibition catalogues).
Provides a narrative bibliography of work in the field of critical and cultural theory, recording significant debates and issues of interest in a broad field of research in the humanities and social sciences.
The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism is a reference guide to literary theory. The Guide includes entries on critics and theorists, critical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods.
LION focuses primarily on Anglophone literature but nevertheless includes a number of bibliographic and reference resources that go beyond the English-speaking world or that serve Comparative Literature studies, including the Columbia Dictionary of Modern European Literature, the Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism, the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms, the Encyclopedia of Linguistics, the Encyclopedia of the Novel, the New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, and the Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory
Literature Criticism Online includes the contents of several multidisciplinary series, including Contemporary Literary Criticism and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. The collection includes biographical essays and selected literary criticism for authors from the classical period to the present day.
Literature Resource Center offers biographical and other background information for research on literary topics, authors, and their works. Its coverage includes all genres and disciplines, all time periods, and all regions of the world. Literature Resource Center's content comes from the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and more, including full text of selected poems, plays, and short stories.
A comprehensive survey of Italian literature from its earliest origins to the present. Leading scholars assess the work of writers including Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, the Renaissance humanists, Machiavelli, Ariosto and Tasso, pioneers and practitioners of commedia dell'arte and opera, and the contemporary novelists Calvino and Eco.
Covers early 13th century to 21st century, and offers a broad view of what constitutes literature, covering historical writing, travel writing, theatre, and philosophy as well as the novel, poetry, dialogues and critical theory.
(Turin: Einaudi, 1982-1991). 8 vols. in 12. Print.
Call number: PQ4037 .L457 1982 (2nd copy available in 1st Floor Reference)
Though dated, this remains a fundamental resource, with in-depth chapters spanning the whole of Italian literature and its social and cultural background. Includes a dictionary of literary biobibliography.
Selected Reference Works
This partial list includes reference works on narrower topics pertaining to Italian cultural production, literary and otherwise.