Italian Language and Literature – in the Library and on the Web


Guides to Research

Italian Studies Web

The Italian Studies Web is designed to provide access to scholarly resources in Italian Studies. It covers links to research sites, newspapers and journals, national catalogues, etc. and has been created by Jeffrey Larson from Yale University, as part of the WESS website.


LexibaseIntranet 7.0

Dizionario Garzanti
Grande dizionario della lingua italiana. 1970-

The nineteen volumes of this dictionary comprise a comprehensive, scholarly resource to the Italian language. The detailed definitions include considerable etymological information and copious citations from important authors.  (Mugar Reference X PC 1625 B3)

Manuals of Grammar/Stylistics/Pronunciation

Grammatica italiana del Novecento: sistemazione descrittiva

This source approaches grammar as it relates to the language and culture of the nineteenth century.   (Mugar PC1105 F6M)

Dizionario fondamentale della lingua italiana per stranieri con schede -grammaticali/

Ignazio  Baldelli … [et al.].2005.   (Mugar PC1625 D59 2005)

Guides to literary terms/theories/character plots

Dizionario letterario Bompiani delle opere e dei personaggi di tutti i tempi e di tutte le letterature. 1949

The first of these eleven volumes begins with essays on various literary movements before beginning the alphabetical entries of works. Each entry is signed, many are illustrated, and the longer ones have bibliographical information. The volumes containing synopses and analyses of individual works are followed by the eighth volume, which provides information about characters. The ninth volume is the index. (storage)   (Mugar PN41 F471)

Literary Theory: An Introduction. 1996

Terry Eagleton gives an excellent summary and explanation of the wealth of literary theories which have appeared in the last century. He provides some background and intellectual history, showing inter-relationships between theoretical camps. There is also a good bibliography. (Mugar PN94 E2 1996)

The Harper Handbook to Literature. 1985

Edited by Northrop Frye, this is an alphabetically-arranged source containing concise definitions and examples of terms and concepts used in literary analysis.   (Mugar PN41 F75 1985)

Themes & Motifs in Western Literature: A Handbook. 1987

This is a guide to important elements commonly appearing in literature. It includes character traits, myths, themes, motifs and images. Several textual examples and references to scholarly studies are given for each theme/motif. (Mugar PN43 D34 1987)

Histories of the language/linguistics

The Italian Language. 1966

This is a good one-volume treatment of the history of Italian. T. Gwynfor Griffith translated, abridged and “recast” Migliorini’s well-known Storia della lingua italiana (Mugar PC1075 F60). In addition to a general bibliography at the end of the book, there are subject and word indices.  (Mugar PC1075 M513)

The Cambridge History of Italian Literature. 1999

This reference source is a handbook which attempts to “provide a comprehensive survey of Italian literature from its origins to the present day…”  (Mugar Reference X PQ4038 C35 1996)

Storia della letteratura italiana.1965-1969

An extensive nine-volume set covers the history of Italian literature from its beginnings to 1969. The long bibliographies for each chapter are collected at the end of each main section.  (Mugar PQ4037 F651)

The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. 2006

These ten volumes contain articles on central linguistic themes, their related concepts and relationships with other disciplines. They intend to be authoritative, comprehensive and international in scope. There is an alphabetic list of the articles; the longer entries are signed and followed by bibliographies.  (Mugar Reference X P29 E48 1994)

International Encyclopedia of Linguistics. 2003

The goal of this source is to present articles on the full range of linguistic disciplines (applied, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, etc.), their inter-relationships, and intersections with other disciplines. It provides a detailed index and a language list. The signed essays are followed by bibliographies.  (Mugar Reference X P29 I58 2003)

Selected Bibliographies

Italian Women Writers: a Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

The sourcebook contains long signed chapters on fifty-one authors (arranged alphabetically) from the fourteenth century to the present. Each article includes a section on textual analysis and is followed by a bibliography of the authors works (in Italian and in translation) and criticism on the author. There is a selected general bibliography, as well as an index.   (Mugar PQ 4063 I88 1994)

Bibliographie linguistique de l’annie…-Linguistic Bibliography for the Year…. 1939-2000

Although slow to arrive (it can take up to three years to compile), the bilingual bibliography can be quite useful. It organizes records as “general,” related to linguistics, or by language. There is an index of authors, reviewers, editors, and people who are the subject of articles. (storage)   (Mugar Z7001 B53)

Repertorio bibliografico della letteratura italiana. 1953

This covers in two volumes 1948-1949 and 1950-1953, respectively. The first part of each volume is arranged by authors’ names in alphabetical order. The second part is a subject index, referring back to the first part. (storage)  (Mugar Z2341 F53)

American Dante Bibliography 1953-

From the Dante Society of America, housed at Brandeis University Libraries

Internet Sources

  • Italian Women Writers Project (IWW). From University of Chicago, provides extensive corpus of literature written by Italian women authors beginning with those from the late 12th and 13th centuries, up to 1945.
  • The Princeton Dante Project The text of the Divina Commedia,edited by Giorgio Petrocchi and published by Mondadori (Milan, Italy, 1966-67; 2nd ed., Florence, Le Lettere, 1994) for the Edizione Nazionale of the works of Dante sponsored by the Societe Dantesca Italiana.
  • WESS Italian Studies Website (WWW)
  • Italian Literature – Some works of some Italian writers, in Italian
  • Stanford Libraries coverage of Physicist Laura Bassi