The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, second edition: Concise Edition, Volume B

The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, second edition: Concise Edition, Volume B

by Joseph Black
     
 

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In all six of its volumes The Broadview Anthology of British Literature presents British literature in a truly distinctive light. Fully grounded in sound literary and historical scholarship, the anthology takes a fresh approach to many canonical authors, and includes a wide selection of work by lesser-known writers. The anthology also provides

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In all six of its volumes The Broadview Anthology of British Literature presents British literature in a truly distinctive light. Fully grounded in sound literary and historical scholarship, the anthology takes a fresh approach to many canonical authors, and includes a wide selection of work by lesser-known writers. The anthology also provides wide-ranging coverage of the worldwide connections of British literature, and it pays attention throughout to issues of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. It includes comprehensive introductions to each period, providing in each case an overview of the historical and cultural as well as the literary background. It features accessible and engaging headnotes for all authors, extensive explanatory annotations, and an unparalleled number of illustrations and contextual materials. Innovative, authoritative and comprehensive, The Broadview Anthology of British Literature has established itself as a leader in the field.

The full anthology comprises six bound volumes, together with an extensive website component; the latter has been edited, annotated, and designed according to the same high standards as the bound book component of the anthology, and is accessible by using the passcode obtained with the purchase of one or more of the bound volumes.

The two-volume Broadview Anthology of British Literature: Concise Edition provides an attractive alternative to the full six-volume anthology. Though much more compact, the Concise Edition nevertheless provides instructors with substantial choice, offering both a strong selection of canonical authors and a sampling of lesser-known works. With an unparalleled number of illustrations and contextual materials, accessible and engaging introductions, and full explanatory annotations, this edition of the acclaimed Broadview Anthology provides concise yet wide-ranging coverage for British literature survey courses.

Sylvia Townsend Warner, Stevie Smith, J.M. Coetzee, Eavan Boland, and Zadie Smith are among those given full author entries for the first time. There are also new selections by a number of authors who were already included in the anthology—among them Seamus Heaney, Margaret Atwood, and Carol Ann Duffy. There are new contextual materials as well—including material on “The Natural, the Supernatural, and the Sublime” in the Age of Romanticism section, and material on “The New Art of Photography” in The Victorian Era. The new edition concludes with a new section offering a range of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction prose under the heading “Literature, Politics, and Cultural Identity in the Late Twentieth- and Early Twenty-first Centuries.”

The Concise edition will also now include a substantial website component, providing for much greater flexibility. And an increasing number of works from the full six-volume anthology (or from its website component) are being made available in stand-alone Broadview Anthology of British Literature editions. (Tennyson’s In Memoriam, for example, which was previously included in these pages, will now be available both as part of a stand-alone Broadview Anthology of British Literature edition of Tennyson’s selected poetry and as part of the website component of the anthology’s Concise Edition.)

Editorial Reviews

Graham Hammill
"Broadview's recent Anthology of British Literature is an exciting achievement. Broadview has accomplished what no other anthology to date has been able to do. In its selection of materials, the anthology successfully integrates significant but only recently acknowledged works alongside more familiar greats. Its introductory essays and useful appendices successfully reflect current scholarship while remaining student centered. ... With an impressive selection of literary works, an equally impressive collection of visual images, and an exemplary emphasis on print culture and history of the language, The Broadview Anthology not only rivals the Norton and the Longman, it sets a new standard by which all other anthologies of British literature will now have to be measured."
Richard Nordquist
"The simple fact is that a major work of student-centered scholarship has arrived in the field of English studies, and The Broadview Anthology of British Literature is no mere pretender to the throne long held by the Norton: it is the new standard."
Nicholas Watson
"With the publication of The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, teachers and students in survey and upper-level undergraduate courses have a compelling alternative to the established anthologies from Norton and Longman. Having adopted the first two volumes for an early period survey course last year, I had no hesitation in repeating the experience this year. The medieval volume, in particular, is superb, with its generous representation of Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman literary culture, as well as its growing collection of texts from the too little-known fifteenth century. This is a very real intellectual, as well as pedagogical, achievement."
Elizabeth Hodgson
"The Broadview Anthology of British Literature is a marvelously rich anthology with many complete, well-annotated works, a better representation of important figures than any of its competitors, fascinating 'cultural portfolios,' real attention to book- and print-culture, and great examples of transatlantic and postcolonialist literatures."
D.K. Smith
"I have been delighted to discover The Broadview Anthology of British Literature. It offers a series of unexpected but welcome gems … set here and there among a fine collection of the usual suspects. Its stunning combination of breadth and depth allows that most welcome of qualities in a survey class—flexibility.… The anthology is a real pleasure to use."
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Praise for the Broadview Anthology of British Literature, Concise

“I switched to using the Broadview Anthology of British Literature, Concise B years ago because it best models up-to-date and wonderfully circumspect ways of reading British writing since Blake. New majors are productively engaged and excited by the volume’s fine introductions, contexts sections, installments on the history of the English language and extended resources on the website; I can let them loose in a (wide) terrain that I know is well set-out, subtly teaching them by example how to start up research as well as how to think about abyssal concepts like “modernity” or “Britishness.” I’m myself excited by the whole Broadview project, which exhibits deep commitment to dynamism in its ongoing revisions—like the new Concise B—improved through the involvement of advice from forward-thinking scholars at every level. I discuss that project with my students, who come to understand their purchased anthologies as “the study of literature in process”—a phrase wherein all the nouns interact.” — Romana Huk, University of Notre Dame

“I am pleased to say that my students and I really enjoyed using The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, Concise Edition this past fall and spring semesters in my survey of British literature. … The final average of my spring survey class was one of the highest in my teaching career, and I am sure that the Broadview anthology was one of the many reasons for this excellent performance. My students were also excited about the Broadview editions of Frankenstein and Tess of the D’Urbervilles that we used.” — Richard Branyon, Eastern Connecticut University

“I have just reviewed the introductory material to The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, and I am very impressed. I find the introductions to be democratic in their scope and selection of topics. The anthology as a whole is not a list of ‘greatest hits,’ but rather a measured look at the enduring classics as well as forgotten, but important, literary movements and figures. … A wealth of cultural and historical information is provided, and students will surely finish these introductory pieces with a profound lesson: context matters. The introductory essays show subtle expertise … The editors bring British literary tradition to life with color illustrations and visual materials [and] bring readers beyond the stereotypes of each era and into a rich world where the past comes alive.” — Wendy Nielsen, Montclair State University

Comments on The Broadview Anthology of British Literature:

“ … sets a new standard by which all other anthologies of British Literature will now have to be measured.” — Graham Hammill, SUNY Buffalo

“With the publication of the Broadview Anthology of British Literature, teachers and students in survey and upper-level undergraduate courses have a compelling alternative to the established anthologies by Norton and Longman. … This is a very real intellectual, as well as pedagogical, achievement.” — Nicholas Watson, Harvard University

“ … an excellent anthology. Good selections for my purposes (including some nice surprises), just the right level of annotation, affordable—and a hit with my students. I will definitely use it again.” — Ira Nadel, University of British Columbia

Thomas Holden
"There has been a growing appreciation of the systematic nature of Hume's philosophy over recent years. Hume is no longer regarded as a brilliant but haphazard skeptical gadfly, but rather as a thinker who presents us with a comprehensive philosophical system, an integrated account of human nature, epistemology, metaphysics, and morals to set alongside his skeptical attack on traditional metaphysics and theology….This edition makes vivid the interconnections among his writings, and will help students appreciate the considerable systematic appeal of Hume's philosophy…. [It] also includes excerpts from the more important contemporary responses to these works. The scholarly and bibliographic apparatus is excellent, and the magisterial introduction very effectively places Hume's writings in their proper biographical and philosophical context."
Peter J.E. Kail
"Falkenstein and McArthur are to be commended giving us a modern edition of the philosophical texts that Hume collected as the second volume of Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects. We have for a very long time been working with these writings as self-standing pieces rather than collected within a single volume as Hume himself intended. Restoring these writings in this context is an excellent idea and it will be interesting to see the extent to which this restoration changes our view of Hume. In addition, I found the introductory material to be extremely illuminating as well as lucid. This is an excellent edition and an excellent addition to Hume scholarship."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554811335
Publisher:
Broadview Press
Publication date:
08/31/2013
Edition description:
Concise
Pages:
1650
Sales rank:
899,075
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

General Editors:

Joseph Black, University of Massachusetts
Leonard Conolly, Trent University
Kate Flint, University of Southern California
Isobel Grundy, University of Alberta
Don LePan, Broadview Press
Roy Liuzza, University of Tennessee
Jerome J. McGann, University of Virginia
Anne Lake Prescott, Barnard College
Barry V. Qualls, Rutgers University
Claire Waters, University of Virginia

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