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Spanish American Literature: A Guide to Selected Resources: Find Books

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Beyond MSU


WorldCat is a catalog of books and other materials held in libraries worldwide. It contains more than 52,000,000 bibliographic records representing 400 languages. Seamless links to our interlibary loan system enable you to request items not held in MSU Libraries' collection.


There are a number of general handbooks, or surveys of Spanish American literature, such as:

Handbook of Latin American Literature. David William Foster, ed. 2nd. ed. New York: Garland, 1992.
[PQ7081 .A1 H36 1992]

Franco, Jean. An Introduction to Spanish-American Literature. 3rd. ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
[PQ7081 .F64 1994]

Likely to be of greatest value however, are specialized works of literary criticism, be they of national literatures, of individual authors, or of classes of authors, for example, authors in exile. Monographic length works on individual authors can be found in the catalog by searching the author's name. Criticism of a national or regional literature, or of the works of certain classes of authors or certain literary forms are plentiful. Combinations of terms, searched as keywords and/or subject terms will give the best results. For example:

Framing the Word: Gender and Genre in Caribbean Women's Writing is found by searching the term "Caribbean literature" or "Women authors, Caribbean"

Ethnicity and Identity in contemporary Afro-Venezuelan Literature: A Culturalist Approach is found by the terms "Venezuelan literature" and "Black authors"

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Interlibrary Loan Information

This page summarizes options for borrowing different types of materials (books, articles, theses, etc.) from other libraries. Most of the time you will probably just link from the catalog and other databases to the appropriate loan request form.


Ask Mary Jo Zeter,
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Bibliographers

Michigan State University