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Comparative Literature

Special Collection 7.12 of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

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General information

In 1950 the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft commissioned the UB to be responsible for the Special Collection (Sondersammelgebiet, SSG) 7.12 "Comparative Literature" (Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft), because the UB already had strong collections in this area. It has been the library's duty since then to buy foreign and German literature on this subject.
Complementary special collections, also maintained at UB Frankfurt, are:

Collection profile

This Special Collection acquires as comprehensively as possible relevant literature on general and comparative literature published worldwide, i.e. literature referring to more than two national literatures.
Publications are acquired regardless of their country of origin, the type of publication (i.e. monographs, periodicals, conference proceedings, Festschriften, and other collective works) and of their physical form (print, micro, or electronic), with the sole restriction that they are written in European languages.

The collection covers general subjects such as:

  • Literature theory and systematics
  • Methodology
  • Interdisciplinary aspects
  • Authorship
  • Poetics of genres
  • Literary eras
  • Aesthetics
  • Semiotics
  • Onomastics
  • Stylistics
  • Rhetoric
  • Metrics
  • Literary criticism
  • Sociological and psychological aspects
  • Teaching of literature

and comparative subjects such as:

  • Comparative research on genres, eras and authors (influences, relations, impact)
  • Theories and methods
  • Academic societies
  • World literature
  • Literary subjects and motifs
  • Literary translation
  • International literary relations
  • Antique literature in modern times

Catalogues, New acquisitions lists

All the library's holdings in general and comparative literature are recorded in the library's general catalogues. All journals can be found in the online-catalogue OPAC and in the Zeitschriftendatenbank (ZDB, periodicals database). Lists of the library's recent acquisitions are compiled monthly. The title entries are linked to the OPAC for direct orders.

The Special Subject Collection compiles and edits:

  • My Current Contents Komparatistik(myCCK)

    Information service free of charge: You sign up for journals of your choice from a list containing nearly 200 journals. We will then e-mail you the current tables of contents of those journals you selected.
    myCCK, an extension of the free database Online Contents Komparatistik » more information

User information

Most of the library's holdings are kept in closed stacks rather than being directly accessible and have to be ordered a few days in advance.

External users are advised to inquire by post, fax or e-mail whether the books they need are available, or to contact the Special Collection specialist or the Info desk (Tel.: +49 +69-798-39205).

Make use also of our online information service "InfoPoint". In co-operation with other libraries, we will try to answer your questions.

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