War is not an answer: Ukraine 2022

In the face of unfolding horrendous tragedy in Ukraine, I was remembering my “families and friends” in Kyiv, Minsk, and Moscow. There was this Soviet saying- Znanie Sila (Knowledge is power). In face of this tragedy, as a librarian, I was thinking of doing my part by presenting the readers of this blog with some choices on information sources.
I have been thinking about presenting some items from UC Berkeley Library’s collections that speak to Ukraine’s rich yet nuanced history. All histories are nuanced, and I am trying to avoid my implicit biases and opinions about the current tragedy unfolding in Ukraine. Ukraine was never a state until the Bolsheviks created the Ukrainian SSR is as problematic as cutting the long-standing intertwining of Russo-Ukrainian histories. However, the post-Soviet Ukraine is an independent modern European nation-state whose sovereignty and freedom to chart its destiny matter to humanity.

I remember today Gogol‘s Cтрашная месть or A Terrible Vengeance. This story is a part of a larger collection with the title: Vechera na khutori︠e︡ bliz Dikanʹki Mirgorod

Please think a minute about Ivane and Petro! And I refrain from discussing the modern-day Oligarchs from both sides.

History of UkraineRus

Hrushevsʹkyĭ, Mykhaĭlo, 1866-1934, author.; Грушевський, Михайло, 1866-1934, author.; Pasicznyk, Uliana M., editor.; Poppe, Andrzej, editor.; Sysyn, Frank E., editor.; Frost, Robert, editor.; Fedoruk, I︠A︡roslav, editor.; Raffensperger, Christian, editor.; Skorupsky, Marta, translator.; Wynnyckyj, Andriy, translator.; Press, Ian, 1947- translator.
1997-2021

Below are some subject-based links that will allow you to browse our catalog for additional resources on Ukraine.

Here is an article about some classics of Ukrainian Literature that might provide some cursory information about the rich literary tradition of Ukraine. Have you read Lesya Ukrainka‘s works or Serhii Plokhii’s contemporary works? War is not an answer!


Journal Portal for Scholars of Decolonial and Diaspora Studies

Portail Mondial des Revues

The Portail Mondial des Revues/Global Journals Portal of the French Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) comprises a collection of over one thousand decolonial and diasporic periodicals spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Often ephemeral and with brief publication histories, these journals offer glimpses into the literary critical and social critical practices of their times. 

Publications in the database can be filtered by geographical area, language, and topic (literature, gender studies, diaspora, etc.). For those that are open access, links are provided directly inside the database. Each entry contains a list of articles and books that have recently cited the journal, allowing scholars easy access to critical work surrounding each publication.  

At the core of the collection are works published in Paris, particularly during the entre-guerres period, that convey the voices of migrant and diasporic communities. Among these are journals such as the anti-imperialist Phản-Đế (1934), published by the Ligue contre l’impérialisme et l’oppression coloniale, and Césaire and Senghor’s L’Étudiant noir (1935).  Many publications such as L’Arche (1944-1948), with joint editions from both Paris and Algiers, publish literary texts from around the world, placing them alongside reflections on contemporaneous philosophical and political debates.

Works span across several dozen languages and every continent of the globe. Publications such as the Catalan El Cami and the Haitian Bon Nouvèl account for just two of many periodicals published in minority languages and creoles. Other publications offer transnational and multilingual perspectives such as the Franco-uruguayan Entregas de la Licorne and Tricontinental, a social critical periodical published through the Organization for Solidarity of the Peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Cameron Flynn


Black History Month Celebration at UC Berkeley Library!

Please join us for a virtual Black History Month Celebration at UC Berkeley Library! The event is planned for Wednesday, February 23, 2022, from 11:30 am until 1 pm PST / 2:30 pm to 4 pm EST on Zoom.

Webinar Registration: ucberk.li/black-history-month-2022-event
Free and Open to all with prior registration. Please remember to authenticate by signing into your institutional or individual zoom accounts first before trying to register for the event.

I want to thank our Vice Chancellor for the Division of Equity & Inclusion,  Dania Matos, who found time out of her hectic schedule to provide the opening remarks. We look forward to welcoming everyone. Please be so kind as to share information about this event with your respective communities of practice.

 


Check out the Romance Language Collections on Instagram

The Romance Language Collections Instagram feed brings forth little known and new resources and services in the UC Berkeley Library. Once you start following you’ll instantly receive early notices of new books, e-resources, exhibits, readings and more through your smartphone or any web browser.


Trial of Hispanic Life in America (Readex) Database(ends on March 15, 2022)

The library has opted for a thirty-day trial of Hispanic Life in America: a Readex Database. The trial is good through March 15, 2022.

The database trial can be accessed here after authenticating using either the VPN or proxy.

Readex provides the following information on the database:

This database covers three time periods: Series 1: 1704-1942 | Series 2: 1943-2009 | Series 3: 2010-today

  • Comprehensive coverage of the Hispanic American experience from the early 18th century to the present day
  • Sourced from more than 17,000 publications, including 700 Spanish-language newspapers and periodicals
  • An easy-to-use online resource—updated daily with new material—that illuminates centuries of Hispanic history, culture, and daily life.

Source: https://www.readex.com/products/hispanic-life-america#summary


Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022

Yesterday was Holocaust (Shoah) Remembrance Day, and today at sundown, we will have the beginning of Jewish Shabbat. So, first of all, to my readers of this blog who follow the Jewish faith, Shabbat Shalom. I fondly remember my teacher in Jewish Studies, Professor Zev Garber of Los Angeles Valley College, who helped me understand the complexities of Jewish American Literature when I was a “new” and yet unestablished “immigrant from the Indian sub-continent” in the United States. I had no idea that the West had coined “South Asia” and that campus identity politics existed across North America. I had no idea about the words like “being canceled” and sent to an exile in Academic Siberia. But I knew of Babii (Babyn) Yar and the Genocide of innocent Jews and others during WW II. And leave you with three recent books that interrogate the Holocaust. In memoriam to the victims of Holocaust/Shoah. Also, reminder, that the library with the gracious funding assistance from our AUL Joanne Newyear-Ramirez was successful in purchasing access to USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive 

Lastly, I leave you to reflect on an article by Larisa Maliukova (Лариса Малюкова) in a Russian Newspaper: Novaya Gazeta with the title: Сергей Лозница: «Война — всегда отвратительный способ нерешения проблемы»

And two clips of Sergei Loznitsa’s 2021 documentary film: Voina-vsegda otvratitel’nyi sposob neresheniia problemy (translation: War- always a poisonous method (for) a failure to resolve problems.

And the second clip is below:


Trial of Seans Digital Archive (Film Studies Journal) through 11 February 2022

UC Berkeley Library has set up a trial of Seans Digital Archive (1990-2020). Seans is a well-known Russian journal dedicated to Film Studies. The UC Berkeley’s registered students, staff, and faculty can access the digital archive here.  The trial will last from 12 January 2022 through 11 February 2022. The vendor description: The Seans digital archive contains all available published issues from 1990, with an additional year’s worth of content added annually. The archive offers scholars the most comprehensive collection available for this title and features full page-level digitization and complete original graphics. The archive has searchable text and is cross-searchable with numerous other East View digital resources.

Each issue of Seans is devoted to a specific theme. Examples of past themes include:

  • Based on true events (Основан на реальных событиях)
  • Back in the USSR
  • Sources of the impossible (Источники невозможного)
  • Speak, Memory
  • It’s sad (Это печально)
  • Everything is going according to plan (Все идет по плану)
  • Faust
  • Le tour de France
  • Russian Cabinet of Curiosities (Русская кунсткамера)

Alternatively, the Seans Digital Archive is also available on the web at no cost here: https://seance.ru/magazine/

However, the archive that is on the web is not cross-searchable with other digital content that Eastview offers.


A new online exhibition at UC Berkeley Library: ¡Viva la Revolución Mexicana: 1920-2020!

We are delighted to announce a new virtual exhibition, “¡Viva la Revolución Mexicana: 1920-2020!” that was initially going to be a physical exhibition to accompany an in-person conference,México: La Conquista-Independencia-Adaptación, 1521-1821-2021,” that the librarian for the Caribbean and Latin American Collections, Dr. Liladhar Pendse had planned. When you first land on the home for this exhibition, please scroll down to see its different features.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic upended any real opportunity to meet in person, and everything was a bit delayed. Thus, we had to resort to a virtual exhibition and conference.

Both endeavors could not have been possible without assistance, encouragement, and support from many of our colleagues.


El Caribe Digital Archive-CRL Global Press Alliance

CRL recently announced a launch of a new digital archive on its Global Press Alliance Archive of El Caribe Newspaper. The site’s self-description is as follows, “El Caribe (“The Caribbean”) is a Spanish-language daily newspaper published in Santo Domingo and is one of the Dominican Republic’s most influential and longest-running newspapers. Founded in 1948 under the repressive Trujillo regime (1930-1961), the newspaper has borne witness to decades of political uncertainty, economic development, and social change. Except for brief interruptions in publication for a month in 1962 and seven months in 1965, El Caribe has been a constant chronicle of national and international news, both for the Dominican Republic and the broader Caribbean region.”

Since the newspaper is still in copyright, UC Berkeley users have to authenticate using their institutional login. For more information see here: https://www.lib.berkeley.edu/using-the-libraries/connect-off-campus


Trial access to Classiques Garnier Numérique

book covers of Classiques Garnier Numérique

The UC Berkeley Library has set up a 60-day trail to all ebook collections and ejournals published by Classiques Garnier Numérique in Paris. Several years ago, the Library purchased perpetual access to several of its databases including Grand Corpus des dictionnaires [du 9e au 20e siècle], Grand Corpus des grammaires françaises, des remarques et des traités sur la langue (XIVe-XVIIe s.), and Corpus Montaigne  but not yet to any of the ejournals or ebook collections.

Since 1896, Éditions Classiques Garnier has been publishing literary works from around the world, French and foreign, ancient and modern, in reference editions. In 2009, under the editorial direction of Claude Blum, the independent publishing house expanded the scope of its publications to all areas relating to literature and social sciences: editing studies and essays in the leading fields in French and foreign literature, linguistics, history, art, music, law, economics and social sciences. The quantity of the signature yellow-bound paperback books in Berkeley’s collection is extensive. The journals we currently subscribe to in print include La Lettre clandestine, Revue d’Histoire et de Philosophie religieuses, Cahiers Octave Mirbeau, Revue Nerval, Bulletin de la Société Paul Claudel, and Constellation Cendrars. Ten of their journals, including Revue d’histoire littéraire de la France, are partially archived in JSTOR but not all available to UCB.

Access to more of the digital content from this publisher would greatly enhance our electronic holdings and expand the accessibility of content in French.  Please give it a try before January 15, 2022 and let me know if you’d like to recommend any titles or collections we might put on our wish-list.

Claude Potts
cpotts AT berkeley DOT edu
Librarian for Romance Language Collections