Spanish and Portuguese Literature



Hortensia Calvo


Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library

Librarian Phone Number

(504) 314-7828

Librarian Email

Book Chair

C. Jean Dangler

Dept Chair

C. Jean Dangler

Program Description

The Spanish and Portuguese language and literature collection at Tulane supports the instructional and research needs of undergraduate and graduate students, and the faculty of Spanish and Portuguese.  Collecting in the literature of Peninsular Spain and Portugal, as well as Lusophone Africa, is distinct from that of Latin America, which is included in the Latin American Library (insert link to their policy).  The Department offers the B.A., M.A. degrees in Spanish or Portuguese, and a joint M.A. in Spanish and Portuguese.  Additional research and teaching areas include linguistics and literary theory. Allied programs offering courses taught in part by the Spanish and Portuguese faculty--Studies in Africa and African Diaspora, Latin American Studies, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, and Women's Studies--demonstrate the wide range of interests shared by the Spanish and Portuguese faculty in their aggressive pursuit of research, teaching, pedagogical training, and professional development responsibilities.

Subject Resource Guide


Selection focuses on primary and secondary materials in all Spanish and Portuguese language and literature periods from Medieval-Renaissance through Twentieth-century Peninsular. Departmental interests include works on popular culture, but exclude children's literature unless part of a collected author's canon, most translations, and most inspirational literature.


Monographs, monographic series, serials, reference works, conference proceedings, media (including software or visual items) and recordings are regularly sought; excluded are most anthologies, textbooks, dissertations, manuscripts, maps, and most collections of previously published materials.


To broaden accessibility and assist scholarship, journals are sought online (when this format is avilable). Print may be cancelled to reduce costs when ownership of the online version is assured. Online access that required additional costs with a print subscription will be sought selectively within the amount budgeted for journals. Monographs and other types are generally purchased as printed text. Other formats are considered, including digital files (online or CD), audio cassette tapes, and video tapes.


Primarily literature and criticism written in Spanish and Portuguese, and English-language criticism is collected. However, criticism in French and other Western European languages, and English-language translations of major literary works, are collected selectively.

Chronological Period

Collection emphasis dates from the inception of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and literatures, in the Medieval period, to the present.

Imprint Date

Preference is given to items published within the last two or three years; out-of-print materials are sought, generally, to replace lost materials considered indispensible to the collection, or upon faculty request.

Geographical Considerations

Peninsular literature emanates from the Iberian Peninsula--Portugal and Spain.

Related Collections

Cooperative Resources

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Check-Out Desk.

Supply Sources

For Peninsular literature, the Library's approval plan with YBP Book Services provides coverage of Spanish and Portuguese materials published in North America, and a small approval plan with Iberoamericana supplies imprints from Europe according to its established profile.

Endowed Funds

The Leventhal Fund is available used for Peninsular literature.

Selection Tools

Hispanic Review, Revista de Estudios Hispanicos, Revista Hispanica Moderna, Studies in Hispanic Cinemas,  Bulletin of Hispanic Studies and Choice are reviewed regularly.