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French and Italian Studies

Guides to Italian History and Literature

Sources of General Information

Sponza, Lucio and Diego Zancani, compilers. Italy (World Bibliographic Series) Oxford: CLIO Press, 1995.
DG467.S66 1995 IC

Coppa, Frank J. and Roberts, William . Modern Italian History: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990.
Z2358.C67 1990 HAS

Italy Profiled. Ed. by Barry Turner. London: Macmillan Reference, 1999.
DG441 .I9 1999 IC

Grande dizionario enciclopedico. 4th ed. Turin: UTET, 1984-91.20 vols., Supplement “Appendice 1997”.
AE35.G72 1984 f IC
Also see other encyclopedias for historical or philosophical value. One is especially useful for defining concepts:
Enciclopedia (Einaudi). Turin: Einaudi, 1977-83. 16 vols.
AE 35.E44 IC

Guides and Histories (mainly literary)

Brand, Peter and Lino Pertile. The Cambridge History of Italian Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1999.
PQ4038.C35 1999 STK and Bender Room

Cudini, Piero Il '900. Milan: Bompiani, 1999 (first in a series to cover all Italian literature).
PQ 4087 C83 1999 HASRC.

Pasquini, Emilio. Guida allo studio della letteratura italiana. Bologna: Il Mulino, 1997.
PQ4013 .G8 1997

Pavone, Claudio, ed. Storia d’Italia nel secolo ventisimo: strumenti e fonti. . Roma : Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali, Dipartimento per i beni archivistici e librari, Direzione generale per gli archivi, 2006- . Vol. 1. : Elementi strutturali. Vol. 2. : Istituti, musei e monumenti, bibliografia e periodici ... Vol. 3. : Le fonti documentarie.
DG568 .S74 2006 HASRC

Puppo, Mario. Manuale critico-bibliografico per lo studio della letteratura italiana. Turin: SEI, 1997.
Z2354.C3P87 1997 IC (new 2002 ed. should arrive soon)

Two examples of the many reference sources in Medieval/Renaissance studies:
A Concise Encyclopedia of the Italian Renaissance. Ed. J.R. Hale. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.
DG455.C66 IC

Major problems in the history of the Italian Renaissance. ed. by Benjamin G. Kohl, Alison Andrews Smith. Lexington, Mass.: D.C. Heath and Co., 1995.
DG533 .M27 1995 IC

Literary Dictionaries and Bibliographies

The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature. Ed. by Peter Hainsworth and David Robey. NY: Oxford University Press, 2002.
PQ4006 .O84 2002

Dictionary of Italian Literature. Ed. by Peter Bondanella and Julia Conway Bondanella. Rev. ed. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996.
PQ4006.D45 1996 IC

Dizionario critico della letteratura italiana. Dir. by Vittore Branca. 2d ed.,Turin: UTET, 1986. 4 vols.
PQ4057.D59 IC

Cucchi, Maurizio. Dizionario della poesia italiana. Milan: Mondadori, 1990.
PQ4057.C83 1990 IC

Letteratura italiana: Le opere. Edited by Alberto Asor Rosa. Vol. 1-4. Torino: G. Einaudi, 1992-1996. (4 vols.)
PQ4037 .L465 HASRC and STK
Letteratura italiana : dizionario delle opere. Ed. Alberto Asor Rosa. Turin: Einaudi, 1999-2000. (2 vols.)
PQ4006 .L488 1999 IC and STK
Le opere provides substantial essays on 137 works (defined as ‘the canon’) — including plot, history of text, structure of work, themes, models, critical evaluation, bibliographic essay. The Dizionario provides shorter syntheses and criticism of 2250 additional works.

Letteratura italiana : dizionario delle opere. Ed. Alberto Asor Rosa. Turin: Einaudi, 1999-2000. (2 vols.)
PQ4006 .L488 1999 IC

Iurilli, Antonio. Novecento letterario italiano: repertorio bibliografico. Bari: Palomar, 1996.
Z2353 .I874 1996 HAS and IC

Healy, Robin. Twentieth-Century Italian Literature in English Translation: An Annotated Bibliography, 1929-1997. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998.
Z2354.T7H43 IC

These two 20th-century dictionaries complement each other:

Dizionario della letteratura italiana del Novecento. Dir. Alberto Asor Rosa. Turin: Giulio Einaudi, 1992.
PQ4087.D59 1992 IC

Ghidetti, Enrico and Luti, Giorgio. Dizionario critico della letteratura italiana del Novecento. Rome: Newton Compton, 1997.
PQ4006 .G55 1997 IC

For other major reference works that focus on specific subjects, such as the Enciclopedia Dantesca (HAS), see MJ Parrine’s Italian Studies Guide for a wider selection. There are also many critical surveys in the stacks, such as Pennings, Linda. I generi lettarari del Novecento. Florence: Le Monnier, 1999. PN4087.S182

Continuing Indexes (beyond MLA, AHCI, etc)

Bibliografia generale della lingua e della letteratura italiana (BiGLI). Rome: Salerno editrice, 1993-
Z2355.A2B5 f   IC and CD-ROM

Letteratura italiana, aggiornamento bibliografico. LIAB. Trieste: Alcione edizioni, 1991-
PQ4001.L38 IC.
Also on CD-ROM, available on network from Database page (L.I.R.A. — Letteratura italiana: repertorio automatizzato)

ITER Gateway to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (available to Stanford users)
See also Medieval Studies, Indexes and Abstracts.



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