November 2, 2011
Modern languages department head serves as editor of Spanish-language encyclopedia
Providing a thorough introduction to Spanish-language literature worldwide and across time is a tall order. However, "World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia" contains roughly 850 entries on both major and minor authors, themes, genres and topics of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, affording an amazingly comprehensive reference collection in a single work. Salvador Oropesa, department head of modern languages, is one of the encyclopedia's editors.
This encyclopedia describes the growing diversity within national borders, the increasing interdependence among nations, and the myriad impacts of Spanish literature across the globe. All countries that produce literature in Spanish in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia are represented, covering both canonical authors and emerging contemporary writers and trends. Underrepresented writings such as texts by women writers, queer and Afro-Hispanic texts, children's literature, and works on relevant but less studied topics such as sports and nationalism also appear. While writings throughout the centuries are covered, those of the 20th and 21st centuries receive special consideration.