1997 Spring – New Publications of Note

WESS Newsletter

Vol. 20, No. 2 (Spring, 1997)

Column Editor: Leena Siegelbaum

SB = Shari Buxbaum
SD = Sam Dunlap
JKL = Jeffry K. Larson
MPO = Michael P. Olson
LMS = Leena M. Siegelbaum
RS = Reinhart Sonnenburg

European, General

Conseil de l’Union Européenne. Traités multilateraux-Répertoire multilingue. Luxembourg: Office des publications officielles des Communautes européennes, 1996. xvl, 1741p. ISBN: 92-827-6932-1. ECU 36.

  • A chronologically arranged listing of multilateral treaties involving one or more member states of the EU. Title, introductory matter and keyword indexes are in nine EU languages. Material of this work is derived from the terminological database (TIS) of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. An index of places of signature is also included. LMS

European Union Handbook. Ed. Philippe Barbour. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1996. 349p. ISBN 1-88-4964-28-1. $55.00.

  • Several subject-specific articles under four main headings serve as both an orientation to the EU as well as a refresher for the more seasoned researcher. Each article (“The European Union and the United States” and “European Union Citizenship, Immigration, and Asylum” for example) includes a short bibliography of additional sources. The volume contains appendices including a chronology of events and a glossary of EU items. SD

Journal of Euromarketing. Binghamton, N.Y.: International Business Press, 1991- Quarterly. ISSN: 1049-6483. $45/yr for individuals, $60 for institutions.

  • The Journal of Euromarketing editorial review board members are located in North America and Europe, which suits the stated editorial goal of increasing understanding of the strategic planning aspects of marketing on the European continent. Some of the areas of inquiry are comparison of European practices with other regions, European markets in global economy, environmental factors in European countries, and strengths and weaknesses of Europe’s marketing systems in each country. Hawthorn Press, which owns IBP, has begun publishing many specialized journals in the international business arena. Some of the titles are: Journal of Global Marketing, Journal of East-West Business, and Journal of Teaching in International Business. Many of the issues are published simultaneously as monographs. SB


Ambrose, Jeanne. Bibliographie des études sur le français parlé. Paris: Didier erudition, 1996. 83 p.; 24 cm. ISBN 2864602474. 60FF.

  • From the Institut National de la Langue Française, an unannotated checklist of 1078 items on oral French, supplementing the 54-page bibliography in Claire Blanche-Benveniste and Colette Jeanjean’s Le Français parlé (Didier, 1987). Arranged by author, includes a subject index. JKL

Beugnot, Bernard. Les Muses classiques: essai de bibliographie rhétorique et poétique (1610-1716). Paris: Klincksieck, 1996. 197 p.; 24 cm. (Théorie et critique de l’age classique) ISBN 2252030178. 150FF.

  • A selective classed bibliography of literary theory in 17th-century France, its sources and European influence. Covers manuscripts as well as printed sources; the annotations are largely bibliographical. Includes indices of names, subjects, and year of publication. JKL

Bibliographie des écrivains français (ISSN 1245-2505). Paris-Rome: Memini: Diffusion, CNRS éditions, 1996. 24 cm. + 1 computer disk (3 1/2 in. high density) System requirements for computer disk: IBM PC or compatible; Word 6.0. ca. $60 each.

2. Rufi, Enrico. Louis-Sébastien Mercier. 171 p. ISBN 8886609027; LCCN: 96204115.
3. Philippe, Gilles. Roland Barthes. 246 p. ISBN 8886609043.
4. Leborgne, Erik. Prévost d’Exiles. 237 p. ISBN 8886609051. L90000.

  • Further installments in a series whose first number was noted in our Spring 1996 issue. Slated to be reviewed in IFB, hence in IFBA and RRE. JKL

Dictionnaire des intellectuels français: les personnes, les lieux, les moments. Eds. Jacques Julliard & Michel Winock. Paris: Editions du Seuil, c1996. 1258 p.; 25 cm. ISBN 202018334X. 295 FF.

  • A comprehensive dictionary covering French intellectual life since the l’affaire Dreyfus. Signed multi-page entries deal with persons, institutions, organizations, publishers, periodicals, events, even cafés and petitions, each concluding with a brief bibliography. Includes indices and cross references. The article on Preuves omits the information about its CIA funding. A full review is forthcoming in RRE. JKL

Makward, Christiane P., & Cottenet-Hage, Madeleine, et al. Dictionnaire littéraire des femmes de langue française: de Marie de France à Marie NDiaye. Paris: Karthala, c1996. 641 p.; 25 cm. ISBN 2865376761. 190 FF.

  • Bio-bibliographies of 200 Francophone women authors signed by French and North American women critics. Each entry includes a thumbnail biography, a summary of the subject’s work, a list of her works, and a selective secondary bibliography. 900 lesser figures rate only primary bibliographies. No index. A full review is forthcoming in RRE. JKL

Porquerol, Elisabeth. Lectures et figures: dictionnaire des auteurs de la Guilde du livre, 1936-1977. Genève: Editions Slatkine, c1995. xvii, 721 p.: ill.; 23 cm. ISBN 205101342X; LCCN: 95220046. 390FF

  • Thumbnail bio-bibliographies and assessments of authors offered by a major Swiss book club. Entries contain references to the Guilde’s Bulletin. Appendices list photographers, illustrators, préfaciers, reading committee members, prizes, and the Guilde’s various series. Includes an index of the Guilde’s Bulletin and a chronological list of the book club’s offerings. JKL


Aktuelles Fremdwörterlexikon. n.p.: Tandem, 199. 256p. ISBN 393088268x. 9.95 DM.

  • Dictionary of approximately 20,000 words of foreign origin which have entered the German language. MPO

Brenner, Peter J. Neue deutsche Literaturgeschichte: vom “Ackermann” zu Günter Grass. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1996.

  • A new literary history, covering the range from the earliest period to the post-war era of German literature. RS

Duden Rechtschreibung der deutschen Sprache. Hrsg. von der Dudenredaktion auf der Grundlage ämtlicher Rechtschreibe-regeln. 21. völlig neubearb. und erw. Aufl. Mannheim: Dudenverlag, 1996.

  • The first edition of this standard reference work to incorporate the recent German spelling reform. RS

Encyclopedia of German Resistance to the Nazi Movement. Ed. By Wolfgang Benz and Walter H. Pehle. New York: Continuum, 1997. xi, 354p. ISBN 0826409458. $39.50.

  • Translation of Lexikon des deutschen Widerstandes, Frankfurt a/M: Fischer, 1994. The work is divided into three sections, the first of which consists of essays giving an overview of resistance among different populations of German society. Part 2 is arranged alphabetically by topic, while Part 3 consists of brief biographies of notable resistance personalities. Biographies are attached to entries in Part 2. LMS

Hertle, Hans-Hermann. Chronik des Mauerfalls: Die dramatischen Ereignisse um den 9. November 1989. 3rd ed. Berlin: Ch. Links, 1996. 338p. ISBN 3861531135. 29.80 DM.

  • History of the fall of the so-called Iron Curtain, culminating in the opening of the Berlin Wall. Includes useful reference appendices. MPO

Knigge, Andreas C. Comics: Vom Massenblatt ins multimediale Abenteuer. Reinbek: Rowohlt, 1996. 356p. ISBN 3499165198. 29.80 DM.

  • A comprehensive, illustrated history of international comic books and comic art. Includes useful reference appendices. MPO

Posewang, Wolfgang. Wörterbuch der Medien. Ed. Martin Pape. Neuwied: Luchterhand, 1996. 217p. ISBN 3472025433. 34.00 DM.

  • Consists of two parts: a dictionary of media terms, and a directory of German radio and TV stations. MPO

Simhandl, Peter. Theatergeschichte in einem Band. Berlin: Henschel, 1996. 520p. ISBN 3894872616. 78.00 DM

  • Illustrated history of international theater since its beginning. Includes a bibliography of German-language secondary literature. MPO

Wenn der Kater kommt: Neues Erzählen-38 deutschsprachige Autorinnen und Autoren. Ed. Martin Hielscher. Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1996. 329p. ISBN 3462025708. 39.80 DM.

  • Short fiction by 38 younger authors writing in Germany today. The editor provides an afterword and short biographies of each author. MPO

Die wirren Jahre: Deutschland 1945-1948. Ed. Jürgen Engert. Berlin: Argon, 1996. ISBN 3-87-24-352-X.

  • This companion volume to the five-part AARD television series contains much valuable primary source material for the study of everyday culture in the immediate and chaotic postwar period as the Germans lived in hunger amid the rubble of the cities and the countryside. The stark yet poignant photographs, especially those of war invalids, refugees and children, serve as a testimony to the past. SD


Bibliografía en resúmenes de la literatura española: artículos, 1992-1993. Ed. Emilio Martínez Mata. Oviedo: Universidad de Oviedo, 1996. 274 p.; 21 cm. ISBN 8474689236; LCCN: 96229771. 2225 ptas.

  • A classed bibliography, with signed abstracts, of articles on Spanish literature. The articles from a 2-year period include book reviews, and are limited to those in periodicals and collective works found in Asturian libraries. No index. JKL

Cortés Rodríguez, Luis. Español hablado. Bibliografía sobre aspectos teóricos y empíricos (morfosintácticos y sintáctico-pragmáticos). Cáceres: Universidad de Estremadura, 1996. 285 p.; 24 cm. (Anejos del Anuario de Estudios Filológicos; 20) ISBN 8477232601. 2000 ptas.

  • A classed, unannotated bibliography on spoken Castilian (almost exclusively). Includes an index of authors. JKL

44 autores de teatro en activo. Valencia: Asociación de Autores de Teatro, 1996. 72 p.; 20 cm. ISBN 8488659113. Gratis.

  • A directory of mainly minor Spanish dramaturgists, listing their works-produced and unproduced-and prizes. Alphabetical table of contents, no index. JKL

García-Bermejo Giner, Miguel M. Catálogo del teatro español del siglo XVI: índice de piezas conservadas, perdidas y representadas. Salamanca: Universidad de Salamanca, 1996. 305 p.; 25 cm. (Obras de Referencia; 9) ISBN 847481832X. 4600 ptas.

  • A scholarly catalog of Spanish plays, known or inferred, that were published or performed from 1486 to 1587 inclusively. After a scholarly introduction, a catalog gives detailed descriptions of the texts, with bibliographical references in each entry where appropriate; then a chronological inventory lists the plays performed. Includes indices of authors and titles, and a 20-page bibliography. JKL

Guía bibliográfica de lingüística galega. Ed. Xosé L. Regueira Fernández. Vigo: Xerais de Galicia, 1996. 249 p.; 21 cm. (Universitaria. Manuais) ISBN 8483020327. 1468 ptas.

  • A classed unannotated bibliography of the linguistics of Gallegan. Includes an author index. JKL

Guía de bibliotecas públicas españolas. Madrid: Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez; Pirámide, 1996. 562 p.; 26 cm. (Biblioteca del Libro; 65) ISBN 8489384029. 3500 ptas.

  • A partial update of the Ministerio de Cultura’s 1988 Directorio de bibliotecas españolas, this geographically arranged directory of public libraries of Spanish Ciudades Autónomas and Comunidades Autónomas is co-sponsored by the Fundación para el Desarrollo de las Bibliotecas. The brief entries, based on responses to a questionnaire, make no apparent effort to describe special collections or archives. JKL

Guía de concursos y premios literarios en España 1996/1997. Ed. Ramón Cañelles López. Madrid: Talleres de Escritura Creativa Fuentetaja, 1996. 375 p.; 22 cm. ISBN 8492123117. 3818 ptas.

  • A classed directory of Hispanic literary contests and prizes. Includes 8 indices. From a new publisher targeting budding authors. JKL

Informe de literatura: C.I.L.L. “Ramon Pinero”; a literatura galega no 1995 e a súa recepción. Ed. Blanca-Ana Roig Rechou. Compostela: Xunta de Galicia, 1996. 453 p.; 27 cm. ISBN 8445317067. $26.

  • A classed, annotated bibliography of Gallegan literature and literary studies for 1995. After an introduction with statistical data, chapters cover fiction, poetry, theater, essays (including criticism), children’s literature, oral literature, reviews, prizes, medieval literature, and Rafael Dieste, the subject of the 1995 “Día das Letras Galegas.” The unsigned entries include references to book reviews. Includes an index of names. JKL

Roberts, Edward. Diccionario etimológico indoeuropeo de la lengua española. Madrid: Alianza, c1996. 360 p.; 24 cm. (Alianza diccionarios) ISBN 8420652520. 3500 ptas.

  • Arranged by their Indo-European roots, this lexicon gives the modern Castilian equivalents and associated terms. Includes indices of linguistic families and Castilian terms. JKL

Umbral, Francisco. Diccionario de literatura: España, 1941-1995, de la posguerra a la posmodernidad. Barcelona: Planeta, 1995. 277 p.; 21 cm. (Diccionarios de autor) ISBN 8408015494; LCCN: 95232804. 2500 ptas.

  • A personal, informal alphabetical survey of post-Civil War literary authors. Skimpy bibliographic detail. No index other than the alphabetical list of entries. JKL

Veintisiete revistas de la generación del veintisiete: índices. Diputación Provincial de Málaga; Málaga: Centro Cultural de la Generación del 27, D.L.1995. 118 p.; 22 cm. (Bibliografías; 4) ISBN 847785114X. 1080 ptas.

  • An author index to selected Spanish literary reviews of the late 1920s and early 1930s. Includes indices of book reviews, translators, and artists. JKL


Boggione, Valter, & Casalegno, Giovanni. Dizionario storico del lessico erotico italiano: metafore, eufemismi, oscenità, doppi sensi, parole dotte e parole basse in otto secoli di letteratura italiana. Milano: Longanesi, 1996. lii, 684 p.; 21 cm. (I marmi; 170) ISBN 8830413941. L49000.

  • A bedside book for anyone who wants to talk dirty and literate in Italian. After a longish introduction and a short set of how-to instructions, the more than 3500 entries are divided into 6 sections: the sexual act, male genitalia, female genitalia, the breast, the bottom, and homosexuality cum sodomy, with each section arranged by category, much like the old Roget’s Thesaurus. Each entry comports a definition and referenced literary illustrations arranged chronologically. Concludes with a bibliography of cited texts and an index of terms. Don’t waste this on your reference collection. JKL

Devoto, Giacomo, & Oli, Gian Carlo. Il dizionario della lingua italiana computer file: edizione su CD-ROM. Versione MS-DOS. Computer data and program. Le Monnier; Milano: Editoria Elettronica Editel, 1995 1 computer laser disc: sd., col.; 4 3/4 in. + 1 installation sheet (folded) System requirements: IBM PC or compatible; MS-DOS 3.1; SuperVGA graphics card (640 x 480, 256 colors); audio card (optional); mouse. L220,000.

  • The CD-ROM version of a regularly updated dictionary whose 1995 edition (ISBN 8800510833; cf. Walford6 3/#5761) we noted in our Spring 1996 issue. JKL

Guida della piccola editoria italiana: informazioni che contano, i 25 libri della piccola editoria più venduti nel 1995-from cover. Ed. Giovanna Ruta. Ragusa: Comete, 1996. 107 p.; 21 cm. L25000.

  • A directory of almost 200 small Italian publishers with brief entries indicating their specialties and other information, such as series, followed by news of the sector, blurbs of contributing publishers’ books, and a concluding overview. Contains publishers’ ads. JKL

Guida ragionata ai periodici italiani. Milano: La Rivisteria, 30 cm. Annual. Description based on: 1995/96. Continues: Catalogo ragionato dei periodici italiani. LCCN: sn9644254. L130,000.

  • A useful directory of more than 4000 current Italian periodicals. Includes indices of subjects and publishers. Worth considering for a desk copy as well as a public one. JKL

Rosti, Franca. Tra virgolette: dizionario di citazioni. Bologna: Zanichelli, 1995. 576 p.; 25 cm. ISBN 8808099822. L52000.

  • An Italian dictionary of quotations offering a Eurocentric selection. Contains indices of subjects, authors, and cited works. JKL

Sebastiani, Gioia. Libri e riviste: catalogo delle edizioni delle riviste letterarie italiane fra le due guerre (1919-1943). Milano: All’insegna del pesce d’oro, 1996. l, 205 p.: ill.; 20 cm. (Bibliografia del Novecento; n. 6) ISBN 8844413191. L30000.

  • A catalog of books published in the monographic series of 35 Italian literary reviews between the two wars. Arranged chronologically, the entries offer historical descriptions of each review before listing its monographic publications with appropriate bibliographic details. Includes 7 indices. JKL