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Vol. 29, no. 2

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Grenier, Christian. La SF: La science-fiction à l'usage de ceux qui ne l'aiment pas. Paris: Sorbier, 2003. 159 p.; 22 cm. (La littérature jeunesse, pour qui, pour quoi?) ISBN2732037737: € 11

In a series addressed to professionals working with young adults, a schematic survey of science fiction, related genres and themes. Includes bibliographic references to works illustrating the themes and a 22-page bibliography/index of titles published in French (original or translation). [JKL]

Latour, Geneviève; & Bricaire, Jean-Jacques. Meurtres en scène: Anthologie des pièces policières jouées à Paris au XXe siècle. Paris: Amandier, 2002. ill: 280 p.; 22 cm. ISBN 2907649590: € 32

Not an anthology, but a chronological guide to detective plays from the Paris stage. Entries, with one or two titles to a page, give author, director, theater, premiere date, cast, plot summary, excerpted reviews, and revival notes. Includes a title index. [JKL]

Tissier, Yves. Le vocabulaire de l'histoire. Paris: Vuibert, 2005. 963 p.; 24 cm. ISBN2711792919: € 53

Running off to the east-southeast of the Place de l'Opéra is the Rue du Quatre Septembre: what event does that refer to? You can look it up in this admittedly non-pocket-size glossary of historical terms, mainly Hexagonal. Important events are arranged by month: 4 VIIbre marks the outbreak of the revolution of 1870 and the proclamation of the Third Republic. Unfortunately this work omits the juridico-sexual usage of congrès, a procedure that was discontinued in 1677. Includes indices of antonomasias, personal names, and place names. [JKL]

Tulard, Jean. Dictionnaire du roman policier: 1841-2005. Auteurs, personnages, oeuvres, thèmes, collections, éditeurs. Paris: Fayard, 2005. 768 p.; 24 cm. ISBN 2213625905: € 35

An international encyclopedia of detective fiction, with 2,253 entries offering bio-bibliographies and filmographies, plot summaries (including the culprit!), very selective bibliographical references, and cross-references, but no index. [JKL]

Hanley, William. A biographical dictionary of French censors, 1742-1789. Ferney-Voltaire: Centre international d'étude du XVIIIe siècle, 2005-. Vol. 1: A-B. 400 p.; 27 cm. (Publications du Centre international d'étude du XVIIIe siècle; 17) ISBN: 2845590318 (v. 1): € 160

Covering "a crucial time in the struggle for freedom of expression" (Preface), the scholarly entries provide: birth, parents, civil state, marriage, career, death, will, post-mortem inventory, library disposition, posterity, works examined, signature, and further references, where available, ending with references to archival sources. Includes a 15-page bibliography. [JKL]

Benoist, Alain de. Bibliographie générale des droites françaises; vols. 3 & 4. Paris: Dualpha, c2004. 2 v. [614, 472 p.]; 21 cm. (Collection "Patrimoine des lettres") ISBN: 2915461449 & -457: € 78

The third and fourth (and final) volumes of a bibliography noted in our Fall 2004 issue. Claims, among lesser and greater figures (all men), Renan and Péguy for the right. Still no index. [JKL]


A Franz Kafka Encyclopedia / Richard T. Gray [et al.]. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005. 344 pp. ISBN 0313303754. $125

A wide-ranging alphabetically arranged handbook on the famous author. Entries include Kafka's works, their characters and settings; family members, friends, contemporaries, influential historical figures and influenced authors; concepts; publication venues; and "homes and haunts." Some bibliographies in the articles, plus a general bibliography at the end. Index as well as table of contents by category as well as list of English titles and names with their corresponding German entry forms. [RLK]

Luserke-Jaqui, Matthias, ed. Schiller-Handbuch: Leben, Werk, Wirkung. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2005. 651 pp. ISBN 3476019500 € 49.95

Published in this 200th anniversary year of Schiller's death, the handbook is one of several published by Metzler on various prominent German authors. The major part of the volume is comprised of in-depth essays on Schiller's works, grouped under several genre headings (plays, theoretical writings, etc.) as well as his stage dramatizations, translations and correspondence. A final section treats his reception, followed by a chronology. The essays, which include primary and secondary bibliographies, are written by numerous scholars. Index is included. [RLK]

Prossliner, Johann. Kleines Lexikon der Schiller-Zitate. München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 2004. 255 pp. ISBN 3423341459. € 6.95

Arranged alphabetically by most likely used keywords, and plentifully provided with cross references, the compact lexicon provides an easy handle on Schiller's many "geflügelte Worte." All come with exact source identification within Hanser's edition of the Sämtliche Werke in fünf Bänden (2004). Includes a "Nachwort." [RLK]

Meyer, Michael. Ricarda Huch Bibliographie. Sealsfield Bibliothek: Wiener Studien und Texte, Bd. 4. Wien: Edition Praesens: Verlag für Literatur- und Sprachwissenschaft, 2005. 523 pp. ISBN 3706902575 (pbk.). € 35

With coverage up to 2004, Meyer's enumerative bibliography seeks to be comprehensive for primary and secondary works as well as films, sound recordings and sculptural treatments. Arrangement of secondary titles is by category then alphabetical by author. Includes indexes by titles and by personal names. Earlier bibliographies were those of Wilhelm Frels (1924), Hans Ruppert (1950) and Bernd Balzer (for the 11-vol. collected works edited by Emrich, 1966-74). [RLK]

Grywatsch, Jochen. Droste-Bibliographie, 1981-2003. Veröffentlichungen der Literaturkommission für Westfalen, Bd. 16. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2005. 472 pp. ISBN 3895285110. € 45

Following up on the two-volume bibliography which caps the Niemeyer Historisch-kritische Ausgabe and provided coverage through 1980, the present compilation of the prominent 19th century German writer contains 1,532 entries for primary and secondary literature, distributed over several categories. Includes indexes of works and persons. [RLK]

Lube, Manfred. Karl R. Popper: Bibliographie 1925-2004: Wissenschaftstheorie, Sozialphilosophie, Logik, Wahrscheinlichkeitstheorie, Naturwissenschaften. Schriftenreihe der Karl Popper Foundation Klagenfurt, Bd. 3. Frankfurt am Main; New York: Lang, 2005. 576 pp. ISBN 3631534507. € 86

Primary and secondary bibliography organized first chronologically within the two sections. Includes a 20+ page title index to Popper's works, an author index and a name and topical index. [RLK]

Jonas, Klaus W., Holger R. Stunz. Golo Mann: Leben und Werk: Chronik und Bibliographie, 1929-2004 / in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Schweizerischen Literaturarchiv Bern. 2., verb. und erw. Aufl. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2004. 366 pp. ISBN 3447050535 (pbk.). € 45

Hard on the heels of the 1st edition, Jonas' and Stunz's update adds a year of coverage. A comprehensive primary source section provides citations to monographs, contributions within other publications, interviews, lectures, unpublished material from the Swiss Literary Archive and other miscellaneous work. Secondary source section includes a representative selection of criticism. Multiple indexes enhance access. [RLK]

Katalog der Leichenpredigten und sonstiger Trauerschriften in Bibliotheken, Archiven und Museen des sächsischen Vogtlandes / bearbeitet von Rudolf Lenz [et al.]. Marburger Personalschriften-Forschungen, Bd. 41. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2005. 236 pp. ISBN 3515087540. € 36

The ninth in a series of catalogs compiled by Lenz and company since 2002 under the Steiner imprint. The 493 entries spanning all social classes are drawn from funeral sermons and miscellaneous obituary sources. Basic biographical data as well as holding institution is included in the entries, access to which is enhanced by sixteen indexes for names, categories of authorship, places, occupations, etc. A folded leaf at the back of the volume deciphers abbreviations for holding institutions and entry codes. [RLK]

Wüst, Hans Werner. Das grosse Zitatenlexikon: über 5000 Zitate und Sprichwörter. Wien: Tosa, 2004. 358 pp. ISBN 3854928491. € 8.95

Alphabetically arranged by topic with multiple listing of given quotations when applicable and cross referencing. Indexes of all topics and of all quoted authors provide a quick overview or targeted author search. The scope is international and drawn from all historical periods. [RLK]

Variantenwörterbuch des Deutschen: die Standardsprache in Österreich, der Schweiz und Deutschland sowie in Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Ostbelgien und Südtirol / von Ulrich Ammon et al. Berlin; New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2004. 954 pp., maps. ISBN 3110165759 (hardbound: € 68), 3110165740 (pbk.: € 29.95)

A dictionary of 1,200 terms from standard German (i.e., excluding most dialect terms, colloquial terms, professional jargon, former DDR terms, words whose sole variability is in pronunciation, and ad hoc combinations). Entries are succinct but informative of the multi-national, national and regional distinctions in meaning, usage, and grammatical and etymological data. Cross references from non-used to used terms, usage examples with source references, and derivates and compound forms of the terms are also included. A bibliography of sources used, a general bibliography, and a substantial introductory section discussing the centers of German language and their distinguishing linguistic features including several language distribution maps round out the volume. [RLK]

Lee, Duk Ho. Rückläufiges Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2005. 1229 pp. ISBN 3110181975. € 148

Containing ca. 270,000 words, this "reverse" dictionary is organized alphabetically by suffix elements. Highlighting of suffix cateogories through the use of bold-face font helpfully identifies morphological groupings. As expected in this genre, definitions are not included. [RLK]

Duden. Das Bildwörterbuch / herausgegeben von der Dudenredaktion. Der Duden in zwölf Bänden, 3. 6., neu bearbeitete und erw. Aufl. Mannheim: Dudenverlag, 2005. 989 pp., col. illus. ISBN 341104036X. € 21.95

Duden. Bildwörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache / herausgegeben von der Dudenredaktion. Mannheim: Dudenverlag, 2005. 989 pp., col. illus. ISBN 3411720115. € 18.95.

While the titles vary, the content of these two books is identical with the exception of the preface. A very attractive and interesting reference work, for the first time with color illustrations (ca. 400 full-page). With around 30,000 entries divided among eleven large categories ("Atom, Weltall, Erde," "Verkehrs- und Nachrichtenwesen, Informationstechnik," etc.), the Bildwörterbuch has the air of a compact encyclopedia of sorts, covering the entire gamut of the natural and human worlds. A nearly 250-page analytic index unlocks the contents for the targeted, as opposed to the browsing, search. [RLK]

Duden Aussprachewörterbuch. Der Duden in zwölf Bänden, 6. 6., überarbeitete und aktualisierte Aufl. / bearbeitet von Max Mangold in Zusammenarbeit mit der Dudenredaktion. Mannheim: Dudenverlag, 2005. 860 pp. ISBN 3411040661. € 21.95

This is the latest edition of the pronunciation dictionary in the Duden series since the 5th published 2003. Provides stress and pronunciation for over 130,000 words. One hundred twenty pages of introductory linguistic material. [RLK]

Kierkegaard, Søren. Deutsche Søren Kierkegaard Edition. Bd. 1, Journale und Aufzeichnungen. Journale AA, BB, CC, DD / herausgegeben von Hermann Deuser und Richard Purkarthofer ; mit Übersetzungen von Hermann Deuser [et al.]. Berlin; New York: De Gruyter, 2005. 614 pp., facsims., maps. ISBN 3110169770. € 198

This is the first volume in a new German translation of the Danish philosopher, based on the historical-critical edition in Danish which began in 1994. Transcription of Kierkegaard's annotations in addition to the text itself enrich the reader's insight into the work. Extensive editorial analysis section augments the text. Indexes by names, places and name-title entries are included. [RLK]

Motif-Index of German Secular Narratives from the Beginning to 1400. Volume 1: Matière de Bretagne / edited by the Austrian Academy of Sciences under the direction of Helmut Birkhan ; edited by Karin Lichtblau and Christa Tuczay in collaboration with Ulrike Hirhager and Rainer Sigl. Berlin; New York: De Gruyter, 2005. 429 pp. ISBN 3110175983. € 298

The result of painstaking analysis of primary sources, the Motif-Index whose first volume has just been published will comprise six volumes plus a CD-ROM. Based on the alpha-numeric system of classification devised by Thomson for the Motif-Index of Folk Literature, the set will be arranged alphabetically by author or anonymous works within four large genres: Matière de Bretagne (v. 1-2), Oriental and Misc. Romances/Chansons de Geste (v. 3), Heroic Epic/Maere and Novellas (v. 4) and Romances of Antiquity (v. 5). Vol. 6 will contain indexes to the motif classification system, a keyword index and a name index. The CD-ROM will enable sophisticated searching. Birkhan states that he limited the content to secular literature for practical reasons due to the wealth of religious writing and because he hopes to write a motif index for the Bible. A side benefit of this set is the provision of plot descriptions for the cited passages, in addition to identification of the motifs. Thus the reader is offered a handy plot and thematic guide to the works. A fine resource for the study of selected medieval German literature. [RLK]


Catálogo de dramaturgos galegos, 1973-2004: de abrente ata hoxe. Ed. Mar Nogueira. Santiago de Compostela: Xunta de Galicia, Consellería de Cultura, Comunicación social e Turismo, 2004. 778 p.: ill.; 25 cm. ISBN: 844534000X: $41.48

Published under the sponsorship of the Xunta's Instituto Galego das Artes Escénicas e Musicais <http://igaem.xunta.es/>, this catalog covers more than 300 Galician playwrights, adaptors, and translators of theatrical works (about 2,000 titles in all)--a useful scope, given the general neglect of the regions in literary dictionaries. Entries include photographs, brief biographies, bibliographies of works both published and unpublished, as well as other theatrical activities. Includes multiple indices of personal names and of titles, and a 20-page general bibliography. A 2nd volume is promised. [JKL]

Grespi, Giuseppina. Traducciones castellanas de obras latinas e italianas contenidas en manuscritos del siglo XV en las Bibliotecas de Madrid y El Escorial. Madrid: Biblioteca Nacional, 2004. 313 p.; 25 cm. ISBN: 848869976X: $34.62

A descriptive catalog of 15th-century Castilian translations in manuscript from Latin or Italian held in the Madrid area. Entries offer bibliographical references. Includes indices of authors (& their works) and of translators, and a 16-page bibliography. [JKL]

Huerta Calvo, Javier; Peral Vega, Emilio; & Urzáiz Tortajada, Héctor. Teatro español: (de la A a la Z). Madrid: Espasa, 2005. XXII, 871 p., [40] pl.; 25 cm. (Temáticos) ISBN: 8467019697: $82.93

A scholarly encyclopedia of theater of all periods in all the languages (80% Castilian) of Spain. Covers playwrights, selected plays, theatrical concepts, directors and other theater professionals; articles give biographical sketches, lists of major works, and references to the 20-page end bibliography. Also includes lists of entries treating works and terms, cross-references, and an index of works treated. [JKL]

Syntagma: Revista del Instituto de Historia del Libro de la lectura. Salamanca: Instituto de Historia del Libro de la lectura, 2002- 28 cm. ISSN: 1695-6958; ISBN 849335046X: € 50 a year (outside of Europe)

A new scholarly journal of the history of book and reading. Begun in Madrid by Editorial Biblioteca Nueva, now as above. Issue no. 1 of 2005 contains a review of recent books on Spanish publishing. [JKL]

Vidal, César. Diccionario del Quijote: la obra para entender uno de los libros esenciales de la cultura universal. Barcelona: Planeta, 2005. 565 p.; 24 cm. ISBN: 8408059750: $26.31

After a 131-page introduction that sets the novel in its context, this semi-scholarly dictionary covers the terms, characters, and themes in Cervantes' masterpiece. Omits mention of Howard Mancing's Cervantes encyclopedia (see Choice, Sept. 2004). Includes cross-references and a 68-page bibliography; no index. [JKL]

Pereda, Ferran. El cancaneo: diccionario petardo de argot gay, lesbi y trans. Barcelona: Laertes, 2004. 211 p.: ill.; 23 cm. (Coleccioón Rey de bastos; 43) ISBN 8475845282: $22.06

A popular glossary of GBLT terms in Castilian, with occasional unsourced quotations. Includes a 3-page bibliography/hemeroteca/ webography/chat rooms. No index. [JKL]

Gran enciclopedia cervantina, v. 1: "A buen bocado, buen grito"-Aubigné. Carlos Alvar, director. Alcalá de Henares (Madrid): Centro de Estudios Cervantinos; Madrid: Editorial Castalia, [2005-] 924 p.; 26 cm. ISBN 849740176X (obra completa); 8497401778 (vol. 1): $52.17

An ambitious encyclopedia to be complete in 10 volumes covering all aspects of Cervantes, his work, and his world and legacy, with the publisher claiming at least 120 international scholars authoring 25,000 entries. The signed entries include occasional tables of contents for longer articles, illustrative quotations from Cervantes' works where appropriate, selected bibliography, and cross-references. No mention found of any index or illustrations. [JKL]

Dicionário de literatura portuguesa, brasileira, galega, africana, estilística literária: Actualização'''''. V. 3: P-Z. Ed. Jacinto do Prado Coelho. Lisboa: Figueirinhas, 2002-2003 [i. e., 2005?]. ISBN 9726611792 (obra completa): $50.00/vol.

The 3rd and concluding volume of the supplement that updates and extends Balay BE1364/Walford6 3/#8313, the reprint of the 1989 edition of which was noted in our Spring 1996 issue. The coverage is now broadened to African Lusophone literature, and the treatment of Galician literature is expanded and more detailed. Many of the articles are new (e. g., Saramago) or substantially updated (e. g., Veríssimo, Érico), but in some cases (e. g., Pessoa, Fernando) the updating is simply of the end-of-article bibliographies. Includes indices of authors and titles. [JKL]

Niederehe, Hans-Josef. Bibliografía cronológica de la lingüística, la gramática y la lexicografía del español (BICRES III): Desde el año 1701 hasta en año 180). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing, 2005. 474 p.; 23 cm. (Amsterdam studies in the theory and history of linguistic science. Series 3, Studies in the history of the language sciences; 108) ISBN 9027245991: $162.00

A descriptive bibliography of 1,558 18th-century Spanish grammars and dictionaries that continues the volumes that Niederehe devoted to earlier periods, noted in our Spring 1995 and 2000 issues. Entries indicate holding locations and bibliography of commentary and references. Includes a 19-page bibliography of sources and studies, and indices of titles, of places of publication and publishers, of scribes, printers, and editors, of holding locations, and of authors. [JKL]

Messner, Dieter, ed. Dicionário dos dicionários portugueses; vol. XI: Aq-Arl, vol. XII: Arm-Arri, & vol. H [no no.]''. Salzburg: Institut für Romanistik der Universität Salzburg, 1994-2005>. Contents: H. (Bibliotheca hispano-lusa [ISSN 1019-1119]; 24) No ISBN; not in VLB; price not available.

The volumes covering Aq-Arri and the letter H in this ambitious exercise in historical lexicography that was noted in our Spring 1999 and Fall 2003 issues. [JKL]

Directoras en la historia del teatro español, 1550-2002. Ed. Juan Antonio Hormigón. Madrid: Asociación de Directores de Escena de España, 2003-<2004>. v. 1. 1550-1930; v. 2. 1930-2002, A-L.: ill.; 24 cm. (Publicaciones de la Asociación de Directores de Escena de España. Serie Teoría y práctica del teatro; 21-22) ISBN: 8495576287 (obra completa[?]): $83.09 (2 v.)

A diachronic catalog of 769 Spanish women theatrical producers and directors and 77 "protodirectors". Entries provide what biographical, literary, bibliographical, and production information is available. Includes essays on various aspects of theater production, interviews with contemporary directors, and photographs. As announced in the 2nd volume, the completion of the work has been delayed due to financial difficulties. [JKL]


L'antologia, forma letteraria del Novecento. a cura di Sergio Pautasso, Paolo Giovannetti. Lecce: Pensa multimedia, 2004. 176 p.; 21 cm. (Quaderni per leggere. Strumenti; 5) ISBN 8882323560: € 16

A survey and a classed bibliography of 20th-century Italian literary anthologies. Includes an index of personal names and anonymous works. [JKL]

Editori autori libri di Sardegna: catalogo 2005. [a cura di Carla Romagnino]. [S. l.]: Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, 2005. 111 p.: col. ill.; 24 cm. No ISBN; € 5

A classed list of 2004-2005 publications from Sardinian houses followed by a directory of the latter, with an index of authors and editors. [JKL]

Viganò, Dario E. Gesù e la macchina da presa: dizionario ragionato del cinema cristologico. Roma: Lateran university press, 2005. 383 p.: ill.; 24 cm. (Dibattito per il millennio; 3) ISBN 8846504984: € 30

After an introductory discussion of the theoretical problems involved, this international filmography covers the field from 1895 to 2004. Entries give basic production information, including major cast and crew credits. Includes a 19-page bibliography and an index of film titles. [JKL]

Guida all'Italia delle riviste di cultura. A cura del CRIC, Coordinamento riviste italiane di cultura. Roma: Istituto poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Libreria dello Stato, 2005. 288 p.: col. ill.; 24 cm. (Quaderni di libri e riviste d'Italia; 55) ISBN8824024092: € 25

A selective classed directory of cultural reviews in Italy. Includes sections on 6 associations and research centers and 18 online reviews, a list of publishers and distributors, and a title index. [JKL]

Pilo, Gianni. Dizionario dell'orrore: una guida fondamentale e necessaria per chiunque voglia avventurarsi nel misterioso mondo dell'immaginario orrorifico, alla scoperta di un universo che svela il lato oscuro delle nostre radici culturali. Roma: Newton & Compton, 2004. 474 p.: ill. ; 23 cm. (Grandi manuali Newton; 94) ISBN 8882898571: € 16.90

By the author of other popular guides to pulp genres, an international guide to horror in literature and film. Entries cover authors, titles, and selected subjects, with scanty critical apparatus. Includes a thematic listing of films according to 10 categories, e. g., "Vampires", a one-page bibliography and a general index. Skips Fritz Lang's transcendental "M". [JKL]

Casalegno, Giovanni; & Goffi, Guido. Brutti, fessi e cattivi: lessico della maldicenza italiana. Torino: UTET libreria, 2005. xix, 411 p.; 21 cm. ISBN:8860080037: € 25

A scholarly dictionary of Italian terms of deprecation at all levels of usage. Entries offer brief definitions and occasional derivations, followed by sourced quotations. Includes a 63-page bibliography, but no index. [JKL]

D'Eugenio, Antonio. Lessico erotico inglese-italiano; v. 3.: Il corpo-feticcio. Bari: Levante, 2005. ill. (some col.); 24 cm.; 463 p. (Femio; 16) € 36

The third volume, covering euphemisms, metphors, and slang describing the human body, of a classed, fairly scholarly glossary of English sexual terms that was noted in our Fall 2004 issue. Includes a 14-page bibliography, cross-references, and indices of terms and of illustrations. [JKL]


Romansh: facts & figures. Ed. Manfred Gross. 2nd rev. ed. Chur: Lia Rumantscha, c2004. 106 p.: ill. (some col.), maps (some col); 21 cm. ISBN 3039000373: € 17

A brief description of the social context of Romansh (a Swiss subset of Rhaeto-Romance). Each chapter concludes with a selected bibliography; at the end of the book is a webography. [JKL]

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