Published in Journal of Hispanic Philology, 3 (1979 ), 305-306.
Fernando González Ollé, Manual bibliográfico de estudios españoles. Pamplona: Ediciones Universidad de Navarra, 1976. xlv + 1377 pp.
This is the largest general bibliographic
work dedicated to Hispanic studies; furthermore, since the author is a
philologist, the work is oriented toward words that would be useful to students
of Spanish literature, history, and culture. Thus, while there are sections
dealing with law, medicine, and agriculture, the emphasis is less on books
directed to present-day practitioners of these professions than it is on
the history of each of them: its broad concentration on all types of technology
and practical arts throughout Spanish history is its most novel aspect, and
a very welcome contribution.
The arrangement of the work is by subject matter, arranged into large general headings (sociology, education, history, art, etc.), and then into topical or chronological subheadings. The arrangement seems carefully done, though there are some arbitrary decisions: Judaism is found under sociology rather than under religion, for example, and there is no section dealing with foreign influence on Spain to counterbalance that on Spains influences abroad. It is unfortunate that all Spanish authors of all periods have been mixed together under one subheading (Literatura. Autores.), making it difficult to locate specific authors, particularly if one is not sure under what forms of their names they are alphabetized. These are two extensive indices, one of authors of works cited, and one of subjects. The only flaw is that, again, the indices refer to section numbers rather than page or item numbers, making it sometimes time-consuming to locate individual works or subjects.
In some ways the bibliographic information could be more thorough: it would have taken little effort to supply publishers, which are not given, and references to original editions of translated studies (Irving Leonards Los libros del conquistador, for example) and to the original publication date of reprints and article collections. Less serious to the advanced scholar but more so to the beginner is the authors elimination of first names, which combined with his scrupulous use of second surnames produces some rather unfamiliar scholars. How many will rapidly recognize all of the following: M. Riquer Morera, A. Castro Quesada and E. Asensio Barberín (the fact that Asensio wrote on Castros theories is found nowhere in the book), G. Marañón Posadillo, A. Blecua Perdices, D. Ridruejo Jiménez, J. Marías Aguilera, F. Rico Manrique?
The work is weakest in dealing with the contemporary period, and with works published outside of Spain. Salvador Dalí receives only three entries, half of the references supplied on the seventeenth-century Alonso Cano. We are missing such basic works as Blanco Aguinagas El Unamuno contempla[p. 306]tivo, [Marie Laffranques]* Les idées esthétiques de Federico García Lorca and Ian Gibsons The Death of Lorca. Because the cut/off date for inclusion of works is 1973, and because few studies published outside of Spain are included, the result is a treatment of the Spanish Civil War which is markedly franquista: we find Arraizs Historia de la cruzada española without any mention of Southworths El mito de la cruzada de Franco. There are numerous errors in citations of foreign works: Columbia and Virginia are cities of publication in this bibliography, for example.
Some omissions noted: María Rosa Lida, La Garcineida de García de Toledo and Tres notas sobre don Juan Manuel, Marañóns study on the Don Juan theme; García Matamoros Pro adserenda hispaniorum eruditione; Stimsons Orígenes del hispanismo norteamericano. Doublets noted: P. Russell and P. Russell-Gebbett, Marius Sala and Mario Sala, J. Solá and J. M. Solá-Solé. Typos noted are mainly in foreign words, and too numerous to list.
The most useful aspect of the work is in local history and history of culture. Each province of Spain, including Spanish colonies and plazas de soberanía, receives treatment in a separate section. I know of no other source to which one can turn for references to 13 bibliographical items dealing with the province of Lérida, or for references to towns which are not provincial capitals. There are 18 entries on the legal history of the publishing industry.
In conclusion, this bibliography will not supplant the more specific bibliographies which are devoted to a single subject (literature, history). Nevertheless, for information on parts of Spanish culture not commonly studied by literary scholars, and for references to medieval and Golden Age knowledge and practices, it is a very valuable contribution.
|* [In the published text, the author of this book was erroneously given as María Rosa Lida.]|