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Hispanic Studies and Spanish Language

An introduction to Hispanic Studies resources at UMSL Libraries, including Spanish language learning materials.

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The Library holds a combination of English-language commentary about Spanish literature, English translations of Spanish literature, and Spanish-language materials.  Search Discover@UMSL for books of interest (see the Books page of this guide).  Or, you may wish to browse the following sections:

  • PQ6001 - 8929: Spanish literature
    • PQ6001 - 6168: History and criticism
    • PQ6170 - 6269: Collections
    • PQ6271 - 6478: Individual authors and works to 1700
    • PQ6500 - 6576: Individual authors, 1700 - ca. 1868
    • PQ6600 - 6647: Individual authors, 1868 - 1960
    • PQ6650 - 6676: Individual authors, 1961 - 2000
    • PQ6700 - 6726: Individual authors, 2001 onward
    • PQ7000 - 8929: Provincial, local, colonial, etc.
      • PQ7081 - 8560​​​​​​​Spanish America
We are happy to consider purchase requests from UMSL affiliates for Spanish-language materials!  If you would like to suggest a book, please contact the arts & humanities librarian.


Getting Started

Modern Latin American Literature: a Very Short Introduction

Provides an overview of modern Latin American literature from the late eighteenth century to the present.

Spanish Literature: a Very Short Introduction

Introduces a general readership to the ways in which Spanish literature has been read in and outside Spain, explaining misconceptions, outlining the insights of recent scholarship, and suggesting new readings.

Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Latin American and Caribbean Literature, 1900-2003

Draws together entries on all aspects of literature including authors, critics, major works, magazines, genres, schools and movements in these regions from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day.

A Companion to Latin American Women Writers

A critical study of a representative selection of Latin American women writers who have made major contributions to all literary genres and represent a wide range of literary perspectives and styles.

The Cambridge Companion to the Spanish Novel

Presents the development of the modern Spanish novel from 1600 to the present.

Historical Dictionary of Latin American Literature and Theater

Provides users with an accessible single-volume reference tool covering Portuguese-speaking Brazil and the 16 Spanish-speaking countries of continental Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela).