Dictionary of Italian Literature (Hardcover) by Bondanella Peter E. Shiffman Jody Robin Bondanella Julia Conaway
This revised and expanded edition of the only English-language dictionary of Italian literature provides some 400 alphabetically arranged entries on Italian writers periods literary movements and versification and on critical problems related to literary history. The volume covers Italian literature from the Middle Ages to the present and includes a number of new entries for contemporary writers. The entries written by expert contributors include current bibliographical information and have often been updated to reflect new scholarship. Unlike most Italian dictionaries this book is aimed specifically at the English-language market and provides copious information on English translations as well as a guide to Italian literature in comparative contexts. Entries are arranged alphabetically and include extensive cross-references. Each entry provides a basic identification of the term followed by a more extensive discussion of the terM's background and significance. A bibliography concludes each entry and citations reflect the most current general works on the topic. Unlike most Italian dictionaries this volume is aimed specifically at the user whose primary language is English. All Italian titles have been translated and the entries provide copious information on English translations of Italian works. Appendices trace the chronological development of Italian literature and place it within the larger context of world literature history and culture.