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Spanish and Portuguese Languages, Literature and Cultures: About Subject

About Subject Headings

Being aware of how to use Subject Headings can greatly improve your searching experience. 

Works on a Individual Literary Author

For works on an individual author, search by Last Name, First Name, year of birth-year of death:

[Name or Topic] in Literature

Append the phrase "In Literature" to names of people or to almost any topic:



      Argentina in literature  
      Food in literature 
      Group identity in literature   
      Immigrants in literature
      Latin America in literature

Literature by Region or Genre

Search for works on literatures or specific genres by country:

These headings can be sub-divided by format, time period, or topic, for example:

  • Colombian Literature -- 19th Century -- History and Criticism
  • Chilean Literature -- 20th Century -- Social Aspects
  • Colombian Literature -- 19th Century -- History and Criticism
  • Peruvian Literature -- Indian Authors -- History and Criticism
  • Spanish Literature -- Classical Period, 1500-1700 -- Italian Influences

Authors by Nationality

Works on authors can be found by searching Authors, [Nationality]:

You can also look for certain types of authors by nationality:

  • Dramatists, Brazilian
  • Novelists, Brazilian
  • Poets, Nicaraguan
  • Women Authors, Caribbean
  • Authors, Venezuela
These headings can be sub-divided by format, time period, or topic, for example:
  • Dramatists, Brazilian -- 20th Century -- Biography
  • Novelists, Brazilian - Correspondence
  • Poets, Nicaraguan -- 20th Century
  • Women Authors, Caribbean -- Biography
  • Authors, Venezuelan -- 20th Century -- Interviews

Additional Subject Headings

You may find Subject Headings for literary or critical movements. Sometimes these will be followed by a literature-related word in parentheses to distinguish, for example, Modernism in literature from Modernism in aesthetics, art, Christian theology, music, etc.

  • Ecocriticism
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Romanticism

Or try subject headings for the relationships between literature and other subjects:

  • Politics and literature
  • Literature and history
  • Religion and literature
  • Gay Men's Writing

These headings can be sub-divided by country or geographical region, format, time period, or topic, for example:

  • Modernism (Literature)- Brazil
  • Politics and Literature -- Argentina -- History -- 20th Century
  • Religion and literature -- Spain -- Bibliography
  • Gay Men's Writing - Cuban -- History and Criticism

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