Broadview Press Blog

A Quantum of Solace: Lockdown, Luxury, and a New Perspective on Bond

[Jason Haslam and Julia M. Wright, editors of the new Broadview edition of Casino Royale, share their thoughts on the novel, luxury, and our current moment of lock down scarcity.] When we first agreed to write a blog on Casino Royale, COVID-19 was a serious virus spreading around the world but not yet a pandemic.…

On Racial Discrimination and Reparations

Broadview as an organization acknowledges the pernicious effects of both institutional and individual prejudice of many sorts (including on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and gender presentation), both within North America and around the world. We are committed to making efforts to counteract such prejudice, and the numerous forms of injustice this…

Tracking Our Goals: Recycled Paper, 2019

As we did in both 2019 and 2018, on Earth Day this year we’d like to share an update on our environmental goals concerning the recycled and FSC certified paper our books are printed on. We continue to be reflective about the impact our business has in ways that go beyond the bottom line. We…

Print Books and e-books During the Pandemic

A great deal has been changing when it comes to the availability of course texts. In this post we have attempted below to give you a run-down of the specifics so far as Broadview is concerned: e-book options (including the provision of such options in a number of cases where we have not previously offered…

Access to Broadview titles and other information related to COVID-19

Updated July 6, 2020 Print Books Broadview’s warehouse is open and ready to fill orders of print texts for course use and for individual sales. It is best for instructors to place course orders for Broadview titles through their campus bookstores, the majority of which are able to ship directly to students’ home addresses. Books…

“the triumph of hypocrisy over integrity”: Julius Bailey on America in 2020

[The following is an excerpt from the introduction to Julius Bailey’s new book, Racism, Hypocrisy, and Bad Faith: A Moral Challenge to the America I Love.] I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible to any public office of trust or profit in the Republic.…

This Land is Their Land

Char Miller[1] However polite its title, the 1891 “Petition to the Senators and Representatives of the Congress of the United States in the Behalf of the Remnants of the former Tribes of the Yosemite Indians Praying for Aid and Assistance” was anything but deferential. It offers a blunt critique of white gold miners’ brutal incursion into…

Spring and Summer Conferences 2020

We can’t believe that yet another year is drawing to a close! As we round the last corner into 2020, we are excited to let all of you know about where you’ll be able to see us in the first half of the new decade. Here’s a list of the conferences we’ll be attending in…

Do Protests Work?: From an 1838 People’s Charter to Today’s Climate Marches

[Barbara Leckie and Janice Schroeder, editors of the new Broadview edition of London Labour and the London Poor, invite you to join in on the conversation about Mayhew in the 21st century. What does his work have to do with where we are, and what challenges we’re facing today? To share your thoughts and contribute to the…

Herman Melville’s “Scorching Irony”

[Brian Yothers, editor of our new edition of Melville’s “Benito Cereno,” shares his thoughts on the history of the story’s reception and its context.] In the blazing heart of one of the most famous speeches in the political and literary history of the United States, his 1852 oration “What to the Slave is the Fourth…

Working Together with Henry Mayhew: An Invitation

[Barbara Leckie and Janice Schroeder, editors of the new Broadview edition of London Labour and the London Poor, invite you to join in on the conversation about Mayhew in the 21st century. What does his work have to do with where we are, and what challenges we’re facing today? To share your thoughts and contribute to…

Mad Scientist’s Guide is mad indeed! A review by Stanwix von Stuffypants

I must confess to having been dubious concerning the “merits” of this so-called Mad-Scientist’s Guide to Composition from the moment I first espied its advertisement in the solemn pages of Canonical Literature quarterly; however, because I pride myself on staying abreast of what passes for “pedagogy” these days, not to mention what the youth are…

Fall 2019 Conferences

The air is cooling down, our marketing team is well-fed on Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and across all of our offices we are gearing up for the fall semester and an exciting lineup of conferences! Here is where you can find Broadview on the conference circuit this fall: NAVSA Columbus, OH October 17-19 MSA Toronto, ON…

“another claimant for the … discovery of the sources of the White Nile”: Captain Singleton and Geographers Gone Wrong

[Manushag Powell, editor of the Broadview edition of Captain Singleton, shares a piece of history on the imagined African geography of Singleton and the reception of the novel and its cartography the 19th century.] One of the main points of interest in Daniel Defoe’s piratical Captain Singleton (1720) is its extensive description of an east-to-west…

Tracking Our Goals: Recycled Paper, 2018

As we did in a blog post in early 2018, we are once again pleased to share an update on what we’re doing to help make the world a better place through both social and environmental goals! A number of environmental organizations (most notably the Environmental Paper Network and Canopy) have gathered data on the…

“our greatest pleasures and our deepest fears:” On Reading Children’s Literature

[What follows below is an excerpt from the introduction for students in Reading Children’s Literature, Second Edition on the varied experiences that arise when studying children’s literature.] As we’ve noted, some readers worry that analyzing cultural texts interferes with pleasure, but we might also note how unsettling it is to be confused by a text or…

Broadview’s Commitment to Ethical Conduct

We at Broadview feel that good business is about more than just the bottom line. We believe that ethical conduct is not only compatible with sound business practices but also an essential obligation for companies such as ours. Our commitment to ethical conduct carries through to all aspects of our operations, from the selection of…

Broadview Editions, and our $10 challenge in 2019—try Broadview American

At some point in the next couple of years we at Broadview will publish our 500th edition; there are currently 465 Broadview editions in print. To put that in perspective, the Oxford World’s Classics list currently includes 794 titles; the Norton Critical Editions series currently includes 256 titles. Like the Oxford and Penguin lists, the…

Conferences Galore: Broadview’s Spring 2019 Exhibit Schedule

  Just like that, a new year has begun and we are once again looking forward to a spring and summer full of book exhibit halls, camaraderie with fellow vendors and publishers, and, of course, reunions with our friends and colleagues from around the world. Here is where you can find your friendly Broadview representatives…

“A Merry Christmas” (1887) from Glances Backward

The following is an excerpt from Glances Backward: An Anthology of American Homosexual Writing, 1830-1920, edited by James J. Gifford. This anthology brings together in one volume a broad selection of nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century American writings about gay male love, including love stories, Westerns, ghostly tales, poetry, drama, essays, letters, and memoirs. We have…

Editing The Great Irish Famine

[Karen Sonnelitter reflects upon her experience editing her book in the Broadview Sources Series, The Great Irish Famine.] The greatest challenge of producing an edited primary source collection on the Irish Potato Famine is choosing what to include. The Famine is perhaps the most well-studied topic in Irish history, and reducing it to a brief introduction…

On Still Learning to Write

[Laurie McMillan, author of Focus on Writing shares her thoughts on the process of learning to write.] One of my healthiest coping mechanisms is my ability to laugh at myself. I had plenty of occasion to do so as I worked on Focus on Writing: What College Students Want to Know for Broadview Press. This composition textbook…

Where in the World/Conference Circuit is Broadview Press this Fall?

It is the start of a new term, so we bet you are all wondering which conferences we will be exhibiting at in the next few months. Here is the info on where you will be able to see us this fall: Jane Austen Society of North America AGM, Kansas City, September 28-30. This is our…

Trying to Make Sure Your Students Are On the Same Page

In recent years I’ve been hearing more and more frequently from academics across North America that they are having difficulty getting their students to work from the assigned texts. Even if a particular edition of Frankenstein or Utilitarianism is specified as required, many report that their students will often try to get by with a…