Buscando Book Reviews

Tracking down book reviews for European publications in the Romance languages can be challenging. With the exception of the IBR Online, most tools listed in the Library’s Electronic Resources Finder category for “Book and Film Review Databases” index primarily US and UK imprints. Article databases like Cairn, Francis, Historical Abstracts, International Medieval Bibliography, Iter, MLA, and Periodicals Index Online can be helpful but when even those fail to turn up relevant hits, you may want to consult some of the print and web-based sources recently added to the research tools pages for French, Italian Studies, or Iberian Studies.

Despite a major serials cancellation project last year, the Library will continue its subscriptions to print sources like Delibros, Insula, O meus livros, and Qué leer from Spain and Portugal. We continue to receive Revista de libros from Madrid in both print and digital form. From Italy, we’ve also retained our subscription to La rivista dei libri and L’indice dei libri del mese which profile some of the most important new titles being published in Italy. And from France, subscriptions to Critique published by Éditions de Minuit, Lire, Livres de France, and La Quinzaine littéraire have all been kept and provide critical reviews of Francophone publications. Current issues for all of these can be found in the Heyns Reading Room on the second floor of the Doe Library.

A few freely accessible online sources to make note of include: Acta fabula: revue des parutions en theorie littéraire, CriticaLiteraria.com, H-France Review,  La Società Italiana per lo Studio della Storia Contemporanea (SISSCO)Mercurio panorama de libros, and www.lindiceonline.com.


Guide to Italian Literature

Dante and Virgil and souls before the gate of Dis. Canto IX, 14th century.

Modeled after the Guide for French and Francophone Literature, this new Research Guide for Italian Literature is a starting point for research on Italian literature in the UC Berkeley Library. For additional resources in all formats including e-books, please explore related LCSH subject headings in OskiCat or browse the shelves near the relevant call numbers supplied in this bibliography.

The guide is lengthy (19 pages) but is sub-divided as follows: General Guides and Literary Histories, Italian Language Dictionaries, Manuals and Guides to Literary Theory and Criticism, Poetry, Theater, Guides by Literary Period: Middle Ages, Dante Studies, The Renaissance, 17th century, 18th-19th centuries, and 20th-21st centuries. Bookmarks on the left (viewable in most web browsers) allow one to skip through the PDF file rather easily in locating a specific section.

While links to some electronic resources are provided, the Italian Studies subject grouping in the Library’s Electronic Resources Finder contains the most current digital resources available and should be consulted when using this guide to what are, for the most part, printed books.

The subject guide includes works by many Italian Studies faculty as well as noteworthy tools such as: