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Literature and Film in Post-Civil War Spain

Research Sources & Tips







Contextual Information

Reserves and Books

Journal Articles and Popular Press

Writing and Citing Sources


I. Contextual Information

   Historical Context

   A Few Titles on Spanish Cinema at Tisch


Spain: from Dictatorship to Democracy: 1939 to the Present. Stacks: DP270 .T835 2007

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture. Ref. DP233.5 .E63 1999)

The Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture. Stacks: DP48 .C233 1999



A companion to Spanish cinema [an E-book]

book cover100 Years of Spanish Cinema.
Tatjana Pavlović ... [et al.].
PN1993.5.S72 A15 2009


book coverContemporary Spanish Cinema and Genre.
edited by Jay Beck and Vicente Rodríguez Ortega.
PN1993.5.S7 C66 2008


book coverSpanish Popular Cinema
edited by Antonio Lázaro-Reboll and Andrew Willis.
PN1993.5.S7 S74 2004  


book coverSpanish National Cinema
Núria Triana-Toribio.
PN1993.5.S7 T76 2003



International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers

Film Art: an Introduction. / David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson.
PN1995 .B617 2008 ; DVD at Circulation. 

Spanish Literature


Dictionary of Literary Biography

Contemporary Literary Criticism



II. Reserves and Books

   A. Use Library Catalogs for Reserves and Books

   B. Sample Searches:

   (note the search pattern; modify to your own needs)


1. Course Reserves


2. Tufts Libraries Catalog

3. BLC WorldCat (beyond Tufts)


Path of Discovery in the Catalog

1. Find a title/author (assigned readings/Course Reserves);

2. Note the descriptive language of the Catalog record.

3. Use that language in further searches


e.g. Click on subject/author in the record to see further results and related topics.



Sklodowska, Elzbieta.


Testimonio Hispanoamericano: Historia, Teoría, Poética.


New York : Peter Lang, c1992.


Spanish American prose literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.


Reportage literature, Spanish American -- History and criticism.


Nonfiction novel, Spanish American -- History and criticism.


1. by/about Literary Writers & Their Works:

"Antonio Buero Vallejo"

Cela, Camilo José

Alfonso Sastre

"Fernando Arrabal" (limit to books)

Martín Gaite Carmen


2. on a particular theme, e.g. Censorship

"su:(theater or drama* or literature) and su:(Spain or Spanish) and censor*


3. place your topic in the larger historical contexts of .

Spanish literature

Spanish Literature -- 20th Century.


Spanish drama

Spanish drama -- 20th century

4. Find Literary Anthologies/Collections

Introductory texts in literary anthologies /collections provide overviews and surveys of an author and his/her works, a literary era, literary style, and so on so forth. The explanatory footnotes enhance an understanding of the works in terms of contemporary culture and literary traditions in which the authors lived and wrote. Hence, the historical significance of the works. For example:

Teatro Español Contemporáneo: Antología / [Antonio Buero Vallejo ... et al.]; coordinador César Oliva. (PQ6227 .T4 1992)


1. by/about Filmmakers & Their Works:

"Luis García Berlanga"

Carlos Saura (limit the search to books)

Víctor Erice


2. on a particular theme, e.g. national identity

(film* or cinema) and su:Spain and nation* (limit to books)


3. place your topic in the larger historical contexts of:

motion pictures Spain (the country)

motion pictures Europe (the region)


III. Journal Articles and Popular Press

   A. Subject Databases

   B. Popular Press

   C. Finding Full Text

Use the subject databases to find journal articles.

1 & 2. JSTOR and Project Muse

JSTOR is a favorite with its full texts in core journals of all disciplines. Project Muse does not include exactly the same JSTOR journals, but it has more recent and current articles on many topics.



Expand your search into more databases and from various perspectives

3. Academic OneFile
All subjects; a Quick Start. Here are some RSS feeds:



4. Literature (MLA) and Latin American Studies



5. Film & Television and Mass Media

Limit Your Results


6. Women's Studies International



7. When use GoogleScholar, set your Library Links to access Tufts full texts.

1. Current:


Book, Movie, Music, Play, And Video Reviews (in LexisNexis)

Factiva (more international coverage)




2. Historical


Times Digital Archive  (1785 - 1985)

New York Times Online Archive
(1851 - 3 years before current date)

1. Click on the findIt@tufts button button in your search results screen to a window of three sequential options:

a. link to the digital full text when available;

b. link to a Library Catalog search for the print journal;

c. link to ILliad for requesting the article when the above two options are negative.

2. Search for a journal directly here:

a. Tufts Library Catalog (including e-journals)

b. Electronic journals list

c. Use ILliad to request your article, if Tufts does not have your journal.





Find an electronic-journal by title


IV. Writing and Citing

  Writing Help

  Citing Sources

A Short Guide to Writing about Literature by Sylvan Barnet. Ref: PE1479.C7 B3

Writing about Literature (handout from Writing Center at UNC.)



A Short Guide to Writing about Film by Timothy Corrigan. Ref: PN1995 .C66 2010



Tufts Academic Resources Center -- Writing Tutors


Chicago Style Manual


MLA Style Manual