World Literature and Its Times helps students and researchers make connections between political/social climate during which books were written and the works themselves. Each volume focuses on major fiction, poetry and nonfiction from a particular country and region, representing approximately 50 works. The detailed essays are approximately 10 pages in length and offer the following features: * Introductory profile -- an overview that discuss genre, time, place and other important elements with a synopsis and introduction that places the work in the context of the authors' life * Events in history -- a report on the social, political and cultural climate relevant to the work, including primary source documents, charts, timelines and other illustrative materials * Literary work in focus -- three sections that place the work in context with an in-depth summary, related history and historical sources * Sources for more information -- full citations offering additional sources of information. * Additional features include illustrations; maps; author and title tables of contents; sidebars; timelines; advisor information; and an alphabetical index of authors, titles, events and personalities. The series, planned to contain 12 volumes, is being released at six-month intervals. The volumes cover: * Latin American literature * African literature * British and Irish literature * Russian literature * Jewish literature * Spanish literature * Asian literature * French literature * Middle Eastern literature * Italian literature * India's literature * German literature.