While acquiring and establishing access to ebooks from southern Europe remains a challenge for American research libraries, the Berkeley Library has made some inroads this year with more Spanish books from Digitalia (625 titles to date), more Italian ebooksfrom Torrossa (2112 titles to date), and most recently 252 titles from France's largest publisher L'Harmattan. Hosted on their Harmathèque platform, these books are discoverable through OskiCat just like print books, and less seamlessly through most of the vendor's web sites:
The Institute of European Studies has created a special fund to support the UC Berkeley Library collection in the less commonly taught European languages (LCTLs). Students, both undergraduate and graduate, lecturers and faculty who wish to use library materials (books, ebooks, graphic novels, dissertations, DVDs, etc.), in a European LCTL and published in Europe that are currently not available on the Berkeley campus, can fill out the Library Recommendation Form and mention "IES LCTL Support" in the Comments section. IES will then provide funding to the UC Berkeley Library to finance the purchase of these materials. This support only applies to LCTLs that are still today spoken in Western, Northern, and Southern Europe (i.e. all European languages with the exception of German, French, Italian and Spanish); no support will be given for classical or extinct languages nor for Slavic and other Eastern European languages supported by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
Originally published in French, this one-of-a-kind reference work is now available in English for the first time, with new contributions from Judith Butler, Daniel Heller-Roazen, Ben Kafka, Kevin McLaughlin, Kenneth Reinhard, Stella Sandford, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Jane Tylus, Anthony Vidler, Susan Wolfson, Robert J. C. Young, and many more. The UC Berkeley Library has two print copies, one digital version as well as the untranslatable original Vocabulaire européen des philosophies: dictionnaire des intraduisibles edited by Barbara Cassin in 2004. Listen to the editors of the English edition Emily Apter, Jacques Lezra, and Michael Wood converse about its importance on The Humanities Initiative at NYU.
Established in 2010 in Badajoz, Extremadura the independent Spanish publishing house Aristas Martínez declares that it exists for both readers and booksellers, avoiding classification by genres by delving into the boundary between fiction and non-fiction. It traces editorial lines and poses challenges to its authors in placing difficult projects. These include works by Javier Calvo, Jorge Carrión, Laura Fernández, and Colectivo Juan de Madre.
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