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The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: The Medieval Period - Second Edition 

The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: The Medieval Period - Second Edition

Volume 1

Edited by: Joseph Black et al.

2nd Edition

Publication Date: September 15, 2009
920pp • Paperback / PDF / ePub
ISBN: 9781551119656 / 155111965X

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The second edition of volume one of The Broadview Anthology of British Literature includes considerably more of Langland's Piers Plowman than appears in the first edition, and includes for the first time the work of John Gower. Also new to the bound book component of the anthology is the York Crucifixion Play, and additional work by Chaucer.

With this volume as with the others, material continues to be added on an ongoing basis to the website component of the anthology.

Two of the general editors have volume 1 as their particular focus. Roy Liuzza is a professor in the English Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Claire Waters is an associate professor in the English Department at the University of California, Davis.

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

Comments on the First Edition:

"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 Broadview 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. And its generous, wide-ranging contextualizing material will allow instructors to teach surveys of British literature with strong and serious attention to material culture. 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." – Graham Hammill, University of Notre Dame

"The simple fact is that a major work of student-centered scholarship has arrived in the field of English studies; The Broadview Anthology of British Literature is no mere pretender to the throne long held by the Norton: it is the new standard." – Dr. Richard Nordquist, Director of Liberal Studies, Armstrong Atlantic State University

"The headnotes here contain just the right amount of material. Broadview provides a sufficient context for each work and then gets out of the student's way. ... [So far as the texts themselves are concerned,] I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that Broadview offers the best selection of Old English texts I've ever seen in an anthology of this nature. Medieval romance is another area in which Broadview outdoes its competitors. It's worth noting that, while Longman and Norton both include selections from Malory, only Broadview provides the complete "Death of King Arthur"—a very appealing feature. ... [The "Contexts" section on] "Religious and Spiritual Life" is an outstanding selection of texts. ...  Longman's "Vernacular Religion" and Norton's "Christ's Humanity" are good mini-anthologies, but Broadview's beats them both: here I was thrilled by nearly every entry. The section that I was happiest to see was that on "The Persecution of the Jews"—medieval Judaism is essentially absent from both Longman and Norton, so it was good to see it represented here. As a medieval drama specialist, I was curious to see what plays Broadview included. To my utter delight, Broadview has put together the best early drama section I've ever seen in a non-specialist anthology." – Robert W. Barrett, Jr., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: The Medieval Period offers remarkable features that make it an excellent choice for instructors. The anthology includes eight Canterbury Tales, compared to Longman's six and Norton's seven, enabling students to experience Chaucer's generic and linguistic range much more fully. The footnotes to The Canterbury Tales are more comprehensive than those in either Longman or Norton, explaining clearly each pilgrim's profession (not always included in other anthologies); pointing out ambiguous syntax and offering alternative readings. In addition, I was impressed that the editors indicate in the footnotes passages that are not included in Ellesmere, but are considered by some critics as late additions. This attention to scholarly detail models just the kind of accuracy we demand from ourselves and students while researching. The full manuscript page reproductions further enhance the students' experience with medieval manuscript culture, opening the door to further discussion of this aspect of the written tradition. I especially appreciate the extensive and inclusive "Contexts" sections … [Overall,] The Broadview Anthology certainly contains the most up-to-date and comprehensive selections of medieval texts, with excellent introductory notes and reader-friendly organization." – Eileen S. Jankowski, Chapman University

"I have used the Norton for years as the core text for the British survey course here at UCLA, and I have considered the Longman; I think the new Broadview is better than either the Norton or the Longman." – Lynn Batten, University of California, Los Angeles

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Academics please note: This text has an instructor's website containing a list of works organized by themes and by author, approaches to teaching, notes on teaching particular works, questions for discussion, and critical viewpoints/reception. The access code to this website is included with all examination copies.

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