Could you just have a subject heading of Christmas, and let other parts of the record show that it is fiction?
Thanks. I did have the “Special Provisions” in mind when thinking about my question. As you say, they are much looser than section 4 of H 1790, and certainly seem to me to allow the use of a topical heading for Christmas in a record for a novel about Christmas. It seems to me that if “Christmas – Fiction” would be allowed by these provisions, the preferred “Christmas stories” ought to be acceptable in its place.
I think the “SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR INCREASED SUBJECT ACCESS TO FICTION” at the end of H 1790 are actually the current guidelines for applying subject headings to fiction, which are much more permissive than the section 4 that Mike references below.
Michelle Cronquist (she/her/hers)
Special Collections Cataloger
Special Collections Technical Services
CB#3926, Wilson Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
H 1790 section 4 does put fairly strict limits on SH for individual works of fiction. (Only used for biographical and historical fiction, basically.) The “Special provisions” at the end of H 1790 still refer to GSAFD headings, so IMO the section needs updating.
But per H 1790 section 4, you still only use very specific 650s. So “650 Deer hunting – Fiction” is ok, but “Hunting—Fiction” is too general. 655s are generally fine. If I understand H 1790.
Mike Monaco (he/him)
Coordinator, Cataloging Services
261B Bierce Library
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-1712