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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…

Quest of the Holy Grail and Medieval Manuscripts

[Judith Shoaf, editor of our new edition of Quest of the Holy Grail, shares some tips from her experience finding medieval manuscripts online and incorporating images into her new Broadview Edition.] In researching this translation of the Old French Quest of the Holy Grail, I had the luxury of being able to consult, from the comfort of…

On The Piazza Tales and Its Literary Contemporaries

[Brian Yothers, editor of our new edition of Melville’s Piazza Tales shares his thoughts on reading the stories in their literary contexts.] We often read “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” Herman Melville’s most famous short story, as if it is detached from the literary history of its time. One of Melville’s earliest reviewers, however, noted important connections among…

The New Face of Broadview’s Jane Austen

We imagine that you would be hard pressed to find a university campus in North America where Jane Austen is not taught. Indeed, the Broadview editions that we offer of her novels are among the most popular books that we publish. Because our Austen editions were published over a wide span of years, the covers―while…

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…