I would LOVE to be able to apply Christmas Stories to a work *about* the specific genre of Christmas stories and Christmas—fiction to a novel where Christmas features prominently.
Actually, LC policy would be to add the form heading for a collection of stories in a 650 field in addition to the 655.
650 _0 Baseball stories.
655 _7 Sports stories. $2 lcgft
The drama headings are even more problematic, because we use $v Drama for both plays and moving image works. So if you try to assign
650 _0 Lawyers $v Drama
it gets turned into
650 _0 Legal drama.
But Legal drama is a term restricted to plays, so for a film you can't have a 650 at all with the concept.
I have suggested to LC in the past that they delete the UF references so that a cataloger could assign Lawyers $v Fiction or Lawyers $v Drama to an individual work and then add the appropriate LCGFT term in 655: Legal fiction (Literature), Legal drama (Literature), or Legal films or Legal television programs, but they have not wanted to make such a change. And it would still leave the headings Legal fiction and Legal drama in LCSH to be used for works ABOUT those genres. That might also be difficult for catalogers to apply, however, and could result in people including both Legal fiction and Lawyers--Fiction to a record. Which might not be too terrible really.
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Subject: Re: "Christmas stories" and similar subject headings
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.
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There are certain LCSH headings like “Christmas stories” and “Hunting stories” which have long worried me a bit.
These headings have the cross references “Christmas – Fiction” and “Hunting – Fiction.” If you want to use a subject heading to say that a work is fiction about Christmas, you’re led through the cross reference to the 150 “Christmas stories.” That’s used instead of the topic + form combination “Christmas – Fiction.”
Yet “Christmas stories” looks very like a form/genre heading. And there’s already a perfectly good LCGFT heading, “Christmas fiction.” So do you abandon your 650, instead using only a 655, “Christmas fiction?”
My guess is no. Why should we not have a 650 to say that what we’re cataloging is about Christmas? We routinely give topical headings, subdivided by form, to works of fiction, and “Christmas stories” is the authority-mandated substitute here for the topical heading “Christmas” subdivided by form “fiction.” I’m thinking that “Christmas stories” is perfectly acceptable as a 650 for a novel about Christmas. (Not just for a collection of Christmas stories. The novel would get the heading “Christmas – Fiction” were that not unacceptable, so it gets “Christmas stories.”)
Does this sound correct?