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Tracking Our Goals: Recycled Paper

Broadview has recently decided to more clearly identify and track some of our social and environmental goals, beginning with one particular area: the type of paper being used in our books. A number of environmental organizations (most notably the Environmental Paper Network and Canopy) have gathered data on the environmental impact of different sorts of…

R. v. Machekequonabe – From Canadian Cases in the Philosophy of Law

What follows is a case from the fifth edition of Canadian Cases in the Philosophy of Law. This new edition includes many contemporary and historical cases, making it easy for students to compare historical court decisions such as the below to those from the present day. R. v. Machekequonabe Ontario Court of Appeal (1897) 28 O.R. 309…

Editing Frances E. W. Harper’s Iola Leroy

[Koritha Mitchell, editor of our new edition of Frances E. W. Harper’s Iola Leroy, shares her thoughts on editing the text.] I have taught Iola Leroy almost every year since I joined the faculty at Ohio State University twelve years ago, so when I finally decided to prepare a scholarly edition of it, I was…

Spring 2018 Conferences

With the new year comes a whole new season of conferences. Here’s a list of where we’ll be, and when we’ll be there. We hope you will come by to say hello and pick up some new reads! January Modern Language Association January 4-7, New York, NY March Conference on College Composition and Communication March…

Reflections on Philosophy and Math

Eric Steinhart, author of More Precisely: The Math You Need to Do Philosophy, shares his thoughts on the new edition of his book, and the practice of using math in philosophy. Philosophers are increasingly using mathematical tools to make their arguments and to construct their theories. Analytic philosophers have long used mathematics, but recently philosophers usually…

A Toast to a New Stamp Act Sourcebook

What better way to celebrate a victory than with a series of toasts. A group calling themselves the Sons of Liberty did just that on the occasion of the repeal of the Stamp Act. This document is included in Jonathan Mercantini’s newly published The Stamp Act of 1765, the second title to appear in the…

“avowedly a literary orgie:” A Contemporary Review of A Marriage Below Zero

The following is a review of A Marriage Below Zero published in Belford’s Magazine in June of 1889 upon the novel’s first publication. This review, among others, is featured in our new edition of A Marriage Below Zero, edited by Richard A. Kaye. In producing this book the writer, who wisely conceals his identity under an evident pseudonym, has touched…

The Socialist Circle of 1880’s London: Engels on A City Girl

The following is an excerpt from Appendix A of our recently published edition of Margaret Harkness’s A City Girl, in which Friedrich Engels responds to the novel. [The following letter from Friedrich Engels (1820–95) to Harkness about A City Girl has perhaps generated more concentrated attention from critics than the novel itself. Engels, the German-born philosopher…

Fall 2017 Conferences

Like many of you, Broadview is also preparing to attend some conferences this fall. This is when and where you’ll be able to find us in the next few months. Don’t forget to drop by our table to see what’s new! September SUNY Council on Writing Conference September 8-9, Onondaga Community College, NY Global Reformations…

On Editing Mary Shelley’s Mathilda

[Michelle Faubert, editor of our new edition of Mary Shelley’s Mathilda, shares her thoughts on editing the text.] Editing Mary Shelley’s Mathilda (1819; first published 1959) for Broadview Press has been hugely exciting for me, not least because I transcribed it from the manuscript. In 1959, Elizabeth Nitchie first transcribed Mathilda for publication from a…

Pedagogy and International Students

I thought I would write this week about the extraordinary growth over the past generation in the number of international students attending North American universities, the pedagogical challenges this growth has presented—and about one aspect of the latest edition of our Broadview Anthology of Expository Prose that represents a response to these challenges. Thirty years ago EAL*…

A Change to the Managing Editorship of The Broadview Anthology of British Literature

On August 1st 2017, in its 11th year of publication, the Managing Editorship of The Broadview Anthology of British Literature will be changing hands. The anthology was conceived of and spearheaded by Don LePan, founder and CEO of Broadview Press. His Managing Editor role will now be taken on by Laura Buzzard, Senior Editor at…

The Evolution of the Writing Handbook

Broadview’s most successful book thus far this year is the sixth edition of our Broadview Guide to Writing. It’s a success that I’m sure has come in large part as a result of They Say / I Say authors Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein’s comment on the latest edition: “Even the most useful reference guides…

Charlotte Smith’s “tender and exquisite effusions”

[To celebrate the recent publication of our new edition of Charlotte Smith: Major Poetic Works, we are sharing an excerpt from a review included in the appendices of the new edition. This glowing review was published in Gentlemen’s Magazine in April of 1786, in response to Smith’s Elegiac Sonnets.] It has been suggested by a…

Celebrating Canada Book Day with Lucy Maud Montgomery

To celebrate Canada Book Day this year, we thought we would share a brief excerpt from one of our favourite Canadian writers, Lucy Maud Montgomery! The following is excerpted from Appendix B of our edition of Anne of Green Gables, “Montgomery on Writing:‘The Way to Make a Book.’” Write, I beseech you, of things cheerful,…

Conferences for Spring 2017

Broadview will be exhibiting at the following conferences in the next two months. For those attending, be sure to stop by the book display to say hello! APRIL: APA Pacific April 12-15 in Seattle, WA Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada April 28-29 in Vancouver, BC May: International Congress on Medieval Studies May 11-14 in…

Seeing Progress through History: Contemporary Reception of Wollstonecraft

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we are sharing a piece from one of the appendices of our edition of Mary Wollstonecraft’s The Vindications: The Rights of Men and The Rights of Woman. We chose an excerpt from a rather harsh contemporary review of Wollstonecraft’s work to give us the opportunity to meditate on how far we…

The Legacy of Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience

As the streets of America fill with protesters on a nearly weekly basis since the inauguration of President Trump last month, the writings of Henry David Thoreau remain as relevant as ever. One of his most well-known works speaks to the importance of “cultivating personal integrity in the face of political injustice” according to Bob…

Danny Vickers

It is with great sadness that we report on the death of Danny Vickers, editor of The Autobiography of Ashley Bowen (1728-1813) and advisor to our new Broadview Sources history series. He was a passionate historian who taught at the University of British Columbia, UC San Diego, and Memorial University of Newfoundland. Danny will be…

The Grass Cove Massacre from The Travels of Hildebrand Bowman

[The following is an excerpt from The Travels of Hildebrand Bowman, introduced by the editor of our new edition of the book, Lance Bertelsen. For more information on our newly published edition of Hildebrand Bowman, click here.] Inspired by an actual event on Captain Cook’s second voyage and often called “the first New Zealand novel,” The…

Horatio Alger and the Myth of Social Mobility

“Americans vastly overestimate the likelihood of moving up the economic ladder,” Jeff Guo posits in his January 18 article for the Washington Post in which he discusses the myths and reality of social mobility in America. Drawing from Gary Scharnhorst’s introduction to Broadview’s forthcoming edition of Horatio Alger’s social mobility novel, Ragged Dick, Guo draws…

Universities and Virtual Bookstores

Early last year I met with quite a surprise when I visited the bookstore at Queens College in New York. That’s one of a dozen or so North American universities that I call on fairly regularly, and I’d always been impressed by their bookstore operation—both by how well the little store was organized and by…

From Charles Dickens, “What Christmas Is, As We Grow Older”

To celebrate the holiday season this year we thought we would share some words of beauty and hope from the great Charles Dickens, excerpted from from Appendix A of our edition of A Christmas Carol, edited by Richard Kelly. The following is from Dickens’s “What Christmas Is, As We Grow Older.” A happy holiday from…

Colourful Black Friday Sale

For Black Friday, Broadview will be offering the following books with colours in their titles at a 40% discount! Use the code blackfriday40% to get this discount. The sale will run until Monday, November 28. The Red Badge of Courage The Scarlet Letter 2e The Picture of Dorian Gray Sir Gawain and the Green Knight…