Spanish Literature, 1500-1700: A Bibliography of Golden Age Studies in Spanish and English, 1925-1980

Spanish Literature, 1500-1700: A Bibliography of Golden Age Studies in Spanish and English, 1925-1980

Spanish Literature, 1500-1700: A Bibliography of Golden Age Studies in Spanish and English, 1925-1980

Spanish Literature, 1500-1700: A Bibliography of Golden Age Studies in Spanish and English, 1925-1980

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This bibliography of critical studies on Spanish Golden Age literature is intended to be a tool which, while drawing together as much useful material as possible, is small enough to be manageable. Its primary purpose is to serve as a ready-reference source of books and articles for the generalist and the advanced student rather than the specialist.

The beginning date of 1925 is somewhat arbitrary, although it does have both symbolic and real importance. This was the publication year of Américo Castro's El pensamiento de Cervantes, which signaled a new approach to the problem of the Renaissance in Spain. Along with other important works published in the same period and thereafter, it significantly influenced subsequent views of the literature of the Golden Age. A second basic limitation, the inclusion of works in English and Spanish only, is based on the assumption that the majority of users will be English or Spanish speakers and that their working knowledge of other languages may be limited. It should be noted that the bibliography contains numerous titles that are translations of major works from other languages.

In addition to these general parameters, the reduction of the mass of Golden Age criticism to a reasonable size has been accomplished by a number of practical limitations. A few of these, such as our decision to exclude La Celestina and authors whose works fall primarily in the area of New World interest, produced some anguish. This was true to a lesser extent in the case of many important and influential humanists, linguists, mystics, philosophers, and others whose contributions we judged to be less literary in the belles-lettres concept of the word. Among other criteria for excluding items are the following: marginal literary or critical interest (unless of biographical or background interest for a particular author or genre); obscure or very limited nature of the subject; a primarily inspirational . . .

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