North European Literature and Language
Areas of specialization within the Department of German Studies include German literature and language from all periods.† In addition, the department teaches film, the political culture of Germany, aesthetic theory, German Jewish literature, minority literature, and feminist theory.† Swedish and Dutch are also taught.† A wide variety of courses are co-sponsored with other departments.† Germanic linguistics is also bought by this bibliographer, but Icelandic language and literature are covered by the Curator of the Icelandic collection.
Existing Collection: ECS: 4/W
Because of Andrew White, Willard Fiske, Felix Reichmann, and subsequent bibliographers, the Library's Germanic collections are very strong.† Library holdings include many monographic series; extensive reference holdings; multiple editions of major and some minor authors; and many critical works.† Long and unbroken runs of over forty publications from academies of science in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and Belgium were held until the 1990ís, when almost half of them, particularly those in the sciences, were cancelled.† Since 1984 we have received, via an approval plan, contemporary belles lettres of authors writing in German in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland.† Dialect poetry, prose and folklore were collected heavily in the 1970ís and 1980ís.† The German literature collection is at a 4 level; Austrian and Swiss literature are a 3, and Dutch and Scandinavian literature are at a 3- level.† Germanic linguistics holdings are at a 4 level for the German language and a 3+ for Scandinavian and Dutch.
Current Collecting: CCI: 4/W
Critical editions and other primary texts, bibliographies and other reference material are all collected intensively in German literature (4), with less emphasis on Austria and Switzerland (3).† Primary and secondary material in Dutch (including Flemish) and Scandinavian literature is acquired very selectively (2), with emphasis on the major authors.† Some translations are bought in all the literatures.† Secondary criticism, primarily in English and German, less frequently in other Western European languages, is acquired for major authors of all periods.† Literary histories, studies of genres, and information on the study and teaching of German literature are bought to support study and research in this field.† Germanic linguistics, including works about Frisian and Afrikaans (but not Yiddish), is acquired at a 4- level.† Pedagogical materials are acquired very selectively.
Subjects Covered: LC class: PD (together with the Icelandic curator), PF, PH (Finnish only), PT, and some PN's.
Acquired are belles lettres in German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish; critical works; information about and analyses of their philosophical, social, historical and intellectual milieu; dictionaries and works on Germanic linguistics.† Also acquired are film studies, folklore, biographies, works by minorities in Germany writing in German, and critical theory as related to German studies.† Films (VHS and DVD) are collected selectively.†
Works about the subjects described above from Germanic Europe, excepting Iceland, and from Finland. Swiss and Belgian literature written in French or Italian is covered by the Romance Studies Bibliographer.
Most dissertations (except those received on exchange), vanity press titles, and unedited "complete works" of living authors are not acquired.†