World Literature and Its Times: Latin American Literature and Its Times

  • Volume 1
  • Joyce Moss
  • Published By:
  • ISBN-10: 0787637262
  • ISBN-13: 9780787637262
  • DDC: 860.9
  • Shipping Weight: 3.65 lbs ( 1.66 kgs)
  • 624 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • © 1999 | Published



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:

  • Introductory profile -- an overview that discuss genre, time, place and other important elements with a synopsis and introduction that places the work in the context of the authors' life
  • Events in history -- a report on the social, political and cultural climate relevant to the work, including primary source documents, charts, timelines and other illustrative materials
  • Literary work in focus -- three sections that place the work in context with an in-depth summary, related history and historical sources
  • Sources for more information -- full citations offering additional sources of information

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:

  • Latin American literature
  • African literature
  • British & Irish literature (2 volumes - The Victorian Era to the Present and Celtic Migrations to the Reform Bill )
  • Spanish & Portuguese literature
  • Middle Eastern literature
  • Italian literature
  • Classical literature

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"[R]emarkable... The clear, straightforward writing is appropriate for high school honors or academic students. The unique focus of this book gives students a well-rounded approach to studying and writing about the included works and will supplement class or book group discussions. Recommended for all academic libraries and public libraries serving a large college population." … Library Journal (Sept. 15, 2000)

— Library Journal

"This is an accessible, well-written, and thoroughly researched reference tool that would enhance any serious literary criticism collection. Recommended." -- Book Report (2/1/2000)

— Kathleen McBroom

"This series will be a welcome addition to public and academic libraries. It will be most useful to high school students and undergraduates." -- American Libraries (May 2000)

— Kathleen McBroom

"The first volume of the series is an impressive beginning. Recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries." -- Booklist (01/01/00)

— Kathleen McBroom

"Articles are well illustrated, readable, and have bibliographies. Recommended for general readers and undergraduates." -- CHOICE (April 2000)

— J. H. Pollitz

"Lengthy, informative essays." -- School Library Journal (May 2000)

— J. H. Pollitz

"Recommended for academic and public libraries." -- Library Journal (January 2000)

— J. H. Pollitz

"Gale, once again, needs to receive accolades for continuing their quest to provide students at the secondary level and beyond with such a comprehensive resource covering African literature, from the obscure to the well-known. A must purchase, as each volume in this series will be an asset to any library which services secondary level patrons and above." — Reference Books Bulletin/Booklist (Dec. 15, 2000)

— J. H. Pollitz

"This series of literary criticism from Gale takes a wholly unique approach - it analyzes works from a historical, political, and social perspective rather than a strictly literary view�The World Literature and Its Times series tries to show students the connections between the political and social climate of the time and how the authors used the themes of the day in their works. By emphasizing the context of literature, it offers a unique perspective and a fresh approach and will be a valuable set in larger school, public, and academic libraries." -- Booklist (December 2001)

— Kathleen McBroom