Monday, January 30, 2012

Cambridge companions, now online

We have purchased electronic access to the Cambridge Companion series, which includes quite a few titles on France and Italy. These are available in SearchWorks by title (limit to "Online"). You can also search from the entire Cambridge Companions Complete Online database.

Titles that may be of interest include online editions of the following:

Unwin, Timothy A. The Cambridge Companion to the French Novel: From 1800 to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

O'Brien, John, The Cambridge Companion to Rabelais. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Najemy, John M., The Cambridge Companion to Machiavelli. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Gaunt, Simon., and Sarah Kay. The Cambridge Companion to Medieval French Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Gordon, Robert S. C. The Cambridge Companion to Primo Levi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Nelson, Brian, The Cambridge Companion to Zola. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Hewitt, Nicholas. The Cambridge Companion to Modern French Culture. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Bondanella, Peter E., and Andrea Ciccarelli. The Cambridge Companion to the Italian Novel. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Barański, Zygmunt G., and Rebecca J. West. The Cambridge Companion to Modern Italian Culture. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Krueger, Roberta L. The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Kraye, Jill. The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Richetti, John J. The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Cambridge [England]: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Lewis, Pericles. The Cambridge Companion to European Modernism. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

And don't forget that we also have the complete Cambridge Histories Online.

Friday, January 13, 2012

New Acquisitions- January 2012


Albera, Dionigi. Au fil des générations: terre, pouvoir et parenté dans l'Europe alpine, XIVe-XXe siècles. Grenoble: Presses Universitaires de Grenoble, 2011.

Carrère d'Encausse, Hélène. Des siècles d'immortalité: l'académie française, 1635. [Paris]: Fayard, 2011. 

Cusset, François, and David Homel. The Inverted Gaze: Queering the French Literary Classics in America. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011.

Dictionnaire des ministres de la marine: 1689-1958. Paris: SPM, 2011.

Hersant, Marc. Histoire, histoires: nouvelles approches de Saint-Simon et des récits des XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles. Arras: Artois presses université, 2011. 

Jackson, Julian, Anna-Louise Milne, and James S. Williams. May 68: Rethinking France's Last Revolution. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Lévêque, Laure. Penser la nation: mémoire et imaginaire en révolutions. Paris: Harmattan, 2011. 

Polack, Emmanuelle, and Philippe Dagen. Les carnets de Rose Valland: le pillage des collections privées d'oeuvres d'art en France durant la seconde guerre mondiale. Lyon: Fage, 2011.

Stanton, Domna C., and Lewis Carl Seifert. Enchanted Eloquence: Fairy Tales by Seventeenth-Century French Women Writers. Toronto: Iter Inc, 2010.


Bellassai, Sandro. L'invenzione della virilità: politica e immaginario maschile nell'Italia contemporanea. Roma: Carocci, 2011.

Proglio, Gabriele. Memorie oltre confine: la letteratura postcoloniale italiana in prospettiva storica. Verona: Ombre corte, 2011.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Pietro Bembo: Humanist, Linguist, Literary Theorist, Poet...

Pietro Bembo,  (born May 20, 1470, Venice—died Jan. 18, 1547, Rome), was a Renaissance cardinal who wrote one of the earliest Italian grammars and assisted in establishing the Italian literary language.

In 1513, Bembo became secretary to Pope Leo X in Rome. On Leo’s death (1521), he retired to Padua. He accepted the office of historiographer of Venice in 1529, and was shortly thereafter appointed librarian of St. Mark’s Cathedral. Created a cardinal in 1539, Bembo returned to Rome, where he devoted himself to theology and classical history.

Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. "Pietro Bembo," accessed December 05, 2011,

Primary Sources:
Bembo, Pietro. Gli Asolani di messer Pietro Bembo.Impressi in Venetia: nelle case d'Aldo Romano, 1505.  call number: Special Collections - Gunst Collection Z239.9 .A36 B45 CB 

Bembo, Pietro. Gli asolani. In Vinegia: Nella case d'Aldo Romano & d'Andrea Asolano suo suocero, 1515.  call number: Special Collections - Gunst Collection Z239.9 .A36 B45 1515 CB 

Bembo, Pietro, J. Ang. dei Angeli, and Comin da Trino. Prose. In Venetia: [Comin da Trino], 1540. call number: Special Collections - Rare Books Collection PC1073 .B3 1540 T 

Bembo, Pietro. Rime. In Vinetia: [Giovanni Andrea Valvassori], 1544.  call number: Special Collections - Rare Books Collection PQ4608 .A15 1544 

Leo. Papal brief signed by Pietro Bembo, the secretary to Leo X. 1516.  call number: Special Collections - Manuscript Collection  M1788
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