World Literature and Its Times helps students and researchers make connections between political/social climate during which books were written and the works themselves. Each volume focuses on major fiction, poetry and nonfiction from a particular country and region, representing approximately 50 works. The detailed essays are approximately 10 pages in length and offer the following features:
Additional features include illustrations; maps; author and title tables of contents; sidebars; timelines; advisor information; and an alphabetical index of authors, titles, events and personalities.
The series contains eight volumes covering the following literatures:
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"Covering both Spain and Portugal from the earliest surviving example of Spanish literature, the Poema del Cid, through the post-Francoist period, this attractive and well-organized reference work examines poetry, drama, essay, and the novel... I found the sidebars especially enjoyable as they detail the author's personal life and allow further insights into background events, economic issues and customs that make the era come alive. Contributors also discuss films based on the works, spotlighting significant differences and speculating on the reasons for these. In every case, these analyses provide clues to characters' motivations and make the work more understandable for the reader. Authorities in the field have chose the most recognized works of Iberian literature but have gone beyond the canon to include newer writers as well. An extensive examination of the historical and political background to literary masterpieces, World Literature is a fascinating introduction to the field of Peninsular letters and a thorough guide for both students and the general public seeking information on this complex and rewarding field."
-- Catholic Library World (June --August 2002)
Price: US $198.00