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The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: Concise Volume A (From the Medieval Period to the Eighteenth Century) - Second Edition 

The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: Concise Volume A (From the Medieval Period to the Eighteenth Century) - Second Edition

Edited by: Joseph Black et al.

2nd Edition

Publication Date: September 08, 2011
1700pp • Paperback / PDF / ePub
ISBN: 9781554810482 / 1554810485

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The second edition of this volume will include Chaucer's "To Rosamond," an expanded selection from Sidney's Astrophil and Stella, and additional material from Elizabeth I. The new edition will also offer an expanded selection from Paradise Lost as well as Pope's Essay on Criticism and a new Contexts section on transatlantic literary currents.

Our Editorial Team:

Joseph Black, University of Massachusetts
Leonard Conolly, Trent University
Kate Flint, University of Southern California
Isobel Grundy, University of Alberta
Roy Liuzza, University of Tennessee
Jerome McGann, University of Virginia
Anne Prescott, Barnard College
Barry Qualls, Rutgers University
Claire Waters, University of Virginia


"…an exciting achievement … it sets a new standard by which all other anthologies of British literature will now have to be measured." – Graham Hammill, University of Notre Dame

"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." - Nicholas Watson, Harvard University

"The new Broadview Anthology is wonderful. I'm very pleased—and my students love it too!" – Julian Hanna, University of British Columbia

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Package Pricing Available: Please note that stand-alone volumes of Twelfth Night, King Lear, and Utopia are now available in bound book form. Any one of these, or any other title from our Broadview Editions series, may be shrink-wrapped with Concise Volume A, second edition for FREE. For more information, please contact [email protected].

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[Readings new to the second edition are indicated by an asterisk. Please note that, for the new edition, King Lear has been removed from the bound anthology. Both King Lear and Twelfth Night will now be available as online readings at or as stand-alone editions in bound book form.]

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The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: Concise Volume A (From the Medieval Period to the Eighteenth Century) - Second Edition

2011 • 1700pp • Paperback • 9781554810482 / 1554810485

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