Early Spanish American Women Writers

Spring 2011

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-85  |  Women's and Gender Studies, as WAGS-09; Nina M. Scott (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Michael Kasper.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Web Resources
  • Citing Sources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Handbook of Latin American Studies (1935 to present)
Bibliography on Latin America covering social sciences and the humanities.

HAPI: Hispanic American Periodicals Index (1970 to present)
Covers analyses of current political, economic, and social issues to unique coverage of Latin American arts.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

Women's Studies International (1972 to present)
Interdisciplinary, covers the latest scholarship in feminist research.


Britannica Moderna
Spanish-language encyclopedia and dictionary.

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
Provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of Latin American history and culture from prehistoric times to the present.

Real Academia Españo la: diccionarios
  Outstanding Spanish dictionaries online.

Print-format Reference Works

The Feminist Encyclopedia of Spanish Literature. Westport CT, Greenwood, 2002. 2 vols.
  Brief, alphabetically-arranged entries on authors and themes. Each little essay includes a few references for further reading. (Ref PQ 6055 F46 2002)

Latin American Women Writers, An Encyclopedia. New York & London, Routledge, 2008.
  A one-volume work: brief biographies of several hundred authors, with good bibliographies. (Ref PQ 7081.3 L37 2008)

Spanish American Women Writers, A Bio-Bibliographical Source Book. New York, Westport CT, Greenwood, 1990.
  Substantial, 10-page essays on about 50 of the most significant Latin American women writers, each with a major bibliography, though, because the book's a bit dated, it requires updating. (Ref PQ 7081.5 S7 1990)

Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature. London, Chicago, Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997.
 Concise, solid essays on national literary cultures, notable authors, major themes. (Ref PQ 7081 A1 E53 1997)

The Indians of Central and South America, An Ethnohistorical Dictionary. New York, Westport CT, Greenwood, 1991.
  Alphabetically-arranged, short entries on ethnic groups and their histories, each with a brief bibliography. (Ref F 1434 O45 1991)

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Oxford UK, Oxford University Press, 2008. 2 vols.
  Entries on notable women, places, issues, events, with short lists of further readings. (Ref HQ 1121 O93 2008)

Web Resources

LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center.
  A deep website maintained at the University of Texas, one of the most helpful and reliable of online resources for Latin American studies generally.

Citing Sources

The Citing References: MLA Style from the University of Indiana tells you how to cite all kinds of sources for courses in literature -- whether they are books, journal articles, electronic sources, or websites. You can also use The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers from the Reference Desk in Frost.