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BIPA (Bibliografía de la Poesía Áurea)

Compiled by:
Ralph DiFranco, University of Denver
José J. Labrador Herraiz, Emeritus, Cleveland State University

Scope and Content
Currently under construction, the Bibliografía de la Poesía Áurea (BIPA), or Bibliography of Spanish Golden Age Poetry, is a database of first lines of sixteenth-and seventeenth-century Spanish verse found in manuscripts and printed sources. The current version of BIPA is a partial and incomplete version mounted for testing purposes. Comments concerning functionality only should be forwarded to Ralph DiFranco

However, even this incomplete version of BIPA offers useful data concerning:

  1. works of named poets
  2. anonymous poetic texts
  3. poetic works embedded in prose narratives of various sorts, and other poetic works
  4. poems set to music in musical-poetic collections

General Database Usage
Once posted, BIPA will provide the first lines, basic information about the manuscripts and books, and information on the libraries that house these sources. It also will include topographical indexes of each source, titles of poems, authors, up-to-date bibliography, and subject documentation, all cross-referenced to provide comprehensive control of this material. The first-line methodology that we employ to analyze and record the data is universally recognized for this type of bibliographical scholarship.

History of Project
In 1993 we published the Tabla de los principios de la poesía española, siglos XVI y XVII, an inventory of 125 manuscript and printed sources of Spanish Golden Age Poetry. Prompted by the advantages of applying computer technology to the identification and organization of manuscript and printed material, we made the Tabla the basis for advancing the work of inventorying sources and texts in a digital format. The Tabla was digitized by electronically porting its contents and attendant data into BIPA. All the other incipits and data have been and continue to be entered via keyboarding.

The compilers of BIPA wish to acknowledge support from the following institutions:

Cleveland State University
National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington D.C.
Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain's Ministry of Culture & United States' Universities
University of Denver

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