In the blog "DDC 23: 800 Literature (Belles-lettres) and rhetoric" we promised to discuss what's new in Table 3.
Two new paragraphs in the "Literary periods" section of the main Manual entry for Table 3A Subdivisions for Works by or about Individual Author have already appeared in WebDewey. That change was described in a previous blog: "Choice of Literary Period: Individual Authors Who Publish under Pseudonyms or Who Write in More Than One Language."
A short new Manual note gives advice on choosing between Table 3B and Table 3A:
T3B vs. T3A
Table 3B. Subdivisions for Works by or about More than One Author vs. Table 3A. Subdivisions for Works by or about Individual Authors
Use Table 3B for an individual work by more than one author if the work is a collection where clearly defined parts are contributed by different authors.
Use Table 3A for an individual work by more than one author where the authors have collaborated so as to create a single whole and it is not easy (or at least not intended to be easy) to tell where the contribution of one author begins and the other ends. For example, use Table 3A for a play written in collaboration between Sir Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher.
If in doubt, prefer Table 3B.
For example, Renaissance Drama: An Anthology of Plays and Entertainments is classed in 822.308 English drama of Elizabethan period, 1558–1625—collections (built with 82 base number for English literature as specified at 821–828 Subdivisions for specific forms of English literature plus T3B—2 Drama plus 3 Elizabethan period, 1558–1625 from literary period table at 821–828 plus 08 from T3B—1008 Collections of literary texts, following instructions at 821–828 and at T3B—21–29 Drama of specific periods).
By contrast, A King and No King by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher is classed in 822.3 English drama of Elizabethan period, 1558–1625, with no notation 08 for collections of literary texts. The number 822.3 for the Beaumont and Fletcher play is built with 82 base number for English literature as specified at 821–828 Subdivisions for specific forms of English literature plus T3A—2 Drama plus 3 Elizabethan period, 1558–1625 from literary period table at 821–828, following instructions at 821–828 and at T3A—21–29 Specific periods).
Table 3B has two new fiction genre numbers that have been implemented in WebDewey but little used thus far. The first is:
T3B—3082 Autobiographical and biographical fiction
An example of a work for which the new number could be used is Autobiographie & Avant-garde: Alain Robbe-Grillet, Serge Doubrovsky, Rachid Boudjedra, Maxine Hong Kingston, Raymond Federman, Ronald Sukenick. It has the first LCSH "Autobiographical fiction—History and criticism—Congresses." It could be classed in 809.382 Autobiographical fiction—history and criticism (built with 809 History, description, critical appraisal of more than two literatures plus 3 Fiction from 808.83 Collections of fiction plus 82 from T3B—3082 Autobiographical and biographical fiction, following instructions at 809.1–809.7 Literature in specific forms other than miscellaneous writings and at 808.831–808.838 Specific scope and types of fiction).
The second new fiction genre number is:
T3B—308768 Alternative histories
An example of a work for which the number for alternative histories could be used is Alternate Generals II. It could be classed in 813.0876808 American alternative histories—collections (built with base number for American literature in English 81 as specified at 811–818 Subdivisions for specific forms of American literature in English plus T3B—308768 Alternative histories plus 08 Collections of literary texts from add table under T3B—102–T3B—107 Specific kinds of poetry, following instructions at 811–818 and at T3B—102–T3B—107 and the footnote add instruction at T3B—308768).
The many changes in Table 3C—3 Arts and literature dealing with specific themes and subjects have already been implemented in WebDewey and explained in a previous blog. The "Table of Mappings: DDC 000–990 to Table 3C—3 Arts and literature dealing with specific themes and subjects" described in that blog can still be useful as a guide. An example of a work for which one of the new Table 3C—3 provisions has been used is After Representation? The Holocaust, Literature, and Culture, which has for its first LCSH "Holocaust, Jewish (1939–1945), in literature." It is classed in 809.93358405318 Holocaust, 1933–1945—literature—history and criticism (built with 809.933 Literature dealing with specific themes and subjects plus 58 from T3C—358 Historical, political, military themes, as instructed at 809.933 plus 405318 from 940.5318 Holocaust as instructed at T3C—3583–T3C—3589 Historical themes of ancient world; of specific continents, countries, localities; of extraterrestrial worlds).