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(Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1997). Print and eBook.
Call number: PQ4038 .C35 1999
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.
(Oxford: Oxford UP, 2002). Print and eBook.
Call number: PQ4006 .O84 2002
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.
(Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1979). Print.
Call number: PQ4006 .D45 (Offsite)
(Turin: UTET, 1986). 4 vols. Print.
Call number: 1st Floor Reference PQ4057 .D59 1986Long biocritical entries, as well as entries for literary terms and movements, etc., with substantial bibliographies.
(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.
This partial list includes reference works on narrower topics pertaining to Italian cultural production, literary and otherwise.