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New semester and news about a Bolaño novel

January 28, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Greetings from Lau! I hope you have been coping with the snow ok. Very, very, gradually the city is showing signs of improvement, and I look forward to when I won’t need my giant boots again. I grew up in central Illinois and got my BA in Minneapolis-St. Paul, so this weather isn’t completely foreign to me, but I’m definitely not used to it anymore, either!

First, let me know about any of your research needs and, if you teach, please let me know if you need any kind of library instruction. I welcome individual meetings (in-person or via the chat on my research guides), group meetings for a specific project, e-mail, in-class instruction, or really any way that is the most convenient for you. I have begun teleworking on Mondays, but thanks to technology, I can certainly be in touch! If, however, you do need me to come in on Monday for a class or some other kind of presentation, I can simply change my telework day to accommodate this.

Second, I just read that Roberto Bolaño’s last novel, 2666, is being adapted into a play at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. It will be quite interesting to see how this turns out, although I am hopeful as the Goodman does great work. We have a fair amount about Bolaño and his work in Lauinger, and there always seems to be more. In 2013, the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona held an exhibition based on his archives, and much of its website is still active. And yes, we have the exhibition catalog right here in Lau!

Have a great semester. When I was in school, I often found the spring semester to be more grueling than the fall one; the end is in sight but there’s still a bit a hurdle to go. Let me know if there’s any way the library can make your life a little easier!

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World Literature in Spanish: an Encyclopedia

February 1, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Via the EBSCO Ebooks I wrote about earlier, we now have access to World Literature in Spanish: an Encyclopedia. Besides covering an enormous range of writers and themes from Latin America and Spain, it also has entries on literature from Equatorial Guinea and the Philippines. Most of the entries are quite brief and include a tiny bibliography, but I think its breadth more than makes up for the brevity. Also check out the appendices, in which entries are listed chronologically and geography, a glossary of literary terms, as well as recent bibliography in English and a listing of free electronic resources.

Rather than going straight into the “book,” I found using the menus on the database entry page to be the easiest starting point (i.e. find the link for the letter H first, rather than starting in G and clicking to go forward.) Once you’re “in” the book, searching and other options (highlighting, e-mailing/printing, etc.) are on the right side of the screen. I think this encyclopedia is especially ideal for undergraduates, but if anyone is need of some quick and basic information on a writer or literary movement, this is a great place to start. I have also linked it in the “Reference” section of my Spanish and Portuguese Literatures and Linguistics guide.

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Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO)

August 27, 2012 · Leave a Comment

While Nineteenth Century Collections Online (accessible here) is not specifically about Latin America or Iberia, nonetheless it does contain a good deal of information about the regions. For example, by just searching on Brazil does pull up a few things that seem fairly marginally related to the country, but if you click on “Emigration and Immigration” on the left, you get to a few articles about Japanese emigration to Brazil (from a newspaper in Manila, no less.)

This is also an extremely useful resource if you are interested Latin American/Iberian and British foreign relations during this time, especially as the European countries were losing (or had already lost) control of their colonies. If you search on Portugal, and limit the results to “British Politics and Society” on the left, you can get to some very interesting Cabinet papers about trade agreements and so on.

This resource is probably not a good starting point for general research, but it is excellent if you have a particular focus on the 19th and early 20th centuries. Also, sometimes it is good to approach research from a different angle. Chile and the UK, for example, have had a complex and long relationship, and NCCO readily offers a different perspective on it.

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Literature Resource Center (LRC)

May 10, 2012 · Leave a Comment

While resources like MLA International Bibliography and the Hispanic American Periodicals Index are well known among literature scholars, I’d like to highlight a resource that provides a lot of information about Hispanic and Lusophone Literature, Gale’s Literature Resource Center (Gale is the database company that created and maintains it.) It is the third resource listed here.

LRC is a great “one-stop shop,” especially if you are just starting your research. For example, if you are writing a paper on Jorge Luis Borges’s short story “El Aleph,” but would first like some background on the writer, you can simply use the “Person Search” to get to biographies, book reviews, and even links to websites about him (under “Multimedia”.) Then you can switch over “Works Search” and look for “El Aleph.” However, note that in the search it only brings up the collection. Have no fear! On the next screen, you’ll see results on the left that include El Aleph (Short story), so there you go. It doesn’t bring up nearly as many articles as MLA would, but as I said, this resource is a great starting point.

In my own studies, I used LRC to prepare for my MA exams, or if I just needed some quick background information on a particular writer. It is not the only place you should visit, but it should be one of a few. Let me know if you’d like any more information or help with this resource; I know that reading about online resources and actually using them are not quite the same thing! 🙂

I will probably be off tomorrow (root canal, hurrah!), but will return on Monday. Thank you for reading.

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Online Chilean cultural magazine

April 17, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Via a colleague at Stanford University, I just learned about this online Chilean magazine, Revista Escáner. Its focus is about half Latin American, half international, although this varies greatly from issue to issue. And it’s free!

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