Biggest Book of the Year – The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: One-Volume Compact Edition

Hello everyone, In the publishing world it’s common for people to speak of the “big books” for the season. They don’t usually mean 2,178 pages in length, 1.85 inches in thickness, and 4.38 lbs. in weight. That’s what the new one-volume Compact edition of The Broadview Anthology of British Literature comes in at—and we’re not…

The “Umbrella-Philosopher” According to R.L. Stevenson

From Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Philosophy of Umbrellas” (210). Appendix L “The Victorian Gentleman: Body and Clothing” of the Broadview Edition.  More information on our new edition of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Third Edition can be found here. Any one acquainted with the growth of Society, and knowing out of what small seeds…

Philosophizing About Sex: Teenage Sexting

In Broadview’s acclaimed new publication, Philosophizing about Sex, Laurie J. Shrage & Robert Scott Stewart discuss general issues (freedom, privacy, objectification, etc.) and show how ongoing public discussions of sexuality can be illuminated by careful philosophical investigation. In the following excerpt, they look at the complex topic of teenage “sexting.” Some recent studies suggest that teens…

Costume Design for Salome: Everyone in Yellow

Excerpt from Graham Robertson’s Time Was (125-6) (from the Appendices of the new Broadview Edition) [Graham Robertson designed the costumes for the original production of Salome at the request of Sarah Bernhardt. Both Robertson and Wilde expressed a desire that the wardrobe represent varying shades of yellow. According to Sheldon Weintraub, “yellow was not only…

Victims and Victimhood: Trudy Govier in Conversation

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Broadview Press is proud to have recently published Victims and Victimhood by Trudy Govier, a careful examination of the concept of victimhood. Issues are explored with reference to a range of complex examples, including child victims of institutional abuse and the famed Rigoberta Menchú controversy. Further topics include the authority of personal experience, restorative justice, restitution, forgiveness,…

Kirsten Lodge’s New Translation of Notes from the Underground

Kirsten Lodge’s new translation of Notes from the Underground has been receiving high commendation from academics and readers alike. The following review by Jefferson Gatrall at Montclair State University praises both Lodge’s translation and her contextual materials for students: Kirsten Lodge has performed an invaluable service for modern readers with her new translation of Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground. This classic…

The Dawn of Ebooks

In 1999, the development of the Open eBook (OeB) format—which would later become the EPUB format—was the first step in moving publishing into a digital age. Early e-readers such as the Rocket Ebook and the Softbook were issued, and publishers began implementing systems of digital production. In 2000, Stephen King became the first author to…

The Linotype and the Mechanization of Typesetting

The invention of the typewriter in the 1860s spurred a fervent interest in speed, legibility, and precision among writers and publishers alike. As individual writers experienced the various advantages of typescript over a handwritten manuscript, printing houses began looking for ways to replicate the efficiency of the keyboard in large-scale printing practices. An increasingly mechanical…

Encyclopédie and the Enlightenment

Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d’Alembert’s Encyclopédie was a landmark publication of the 18th century, both in terms of its scope and its distribution. Although the encyclopedia had existed as a genre for centuries prior (one of the most notable contributions being Pliny the Elder’s Natural History in 77 CE), the scale of the Encyclopédie…

Type Design and the Development of Fonts

Garamond. Caslon. Baskerville. Bodoni. These names have survived as widely known font types, but their origins go back as early as the 16th century when the expansion of printing and readership called for the development and evolution of type design. Claude Garamond was the first to combine popular roman and italic fonts that were established…

Deciphering Early Script: The Rosetta Stone

We know it now as a popular program for learning languages like French, Spanish, or Italian, but the original Rosetta Stone was the key to unlocking the meaning of early hieroglyphic inscriptions. In 1799, after centuries of misinterpreting the Egyptian writing system, French soldiers came across a stone located in the Egyptian city of Rosetta;…

Does examining literature wreck literature?

In this excerpt from the introduction to our newly published anthology, The Broadview Introduction to Literature, general editor Neta Gordon addresses the age-old question: Does delving deeper into the structure, meaning, and purpose of a literary work only serve to destroy the value of that work?

Interview with H.E. Baber on Globalization

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In anticipation of the publication of Globalization and International Development, we spoke with co-editor (along with Denise Dimon) H.E. Baber to get her thoughts on the ethical and economic issues surrounding globalization and the ways in which this new anthology brings those issues to light.

On the Writing of Writing about Literature 2/e

“I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is prose, words in their best order; poetry, the best words in the best order.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge Writing about Literature 2/e was written because literature and writing instructors were asking for a chapter on poetry to complement…

Secret Commissions reviewed in Victorian Periodicals Review

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Stephen Donovan and Matthew Rubery’s unique anthology of Victorian investigative journalism, Secret Commissions, was recently reviewed by Ann M. Hale (University of St. Thomas) in the Spring 2013 issue of the Victorian Periodicals Review. Hale writes: “A key strength of Secret Commissions is that the content resonates with a range of disciplines, from media studies…

I want to tell you a story

The newly published third edition of The Broadview Anthology of Short Fiction is a unique collection of 45 stories, with more works from the past 20 years and a greater representation of American authors than previous editions. In her Preface to the anthology, editor Sara Levine—herself a celebrated fiction writer—comments on the ways in which…

Patricia Foster & Jeff Porter on The Lit Show

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Co-editors Patricia Foster and Jeff Porter (University of Iowa, MFA Program in Nonfiction) recently sat down with Gemma de Choisy of The Lit Show to discuss their recently published anthology, Understanding the Essay. Give it a listen!

Spring 2013 Publications

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A new semester is upon us and with that comes yet another exciting list of new and forthcoming publications from Broadview. Here is a quick look at what you can expect to see coming off the presses this season:

Environmentalism in a Market Society

When it comes to the implementation of environmental laws and economic policies, political and ethical decisions are rarely made in isolation—often, they’re influenced by long-standing value systems and deeper metaphysical commitments. In Environmental Ethics: An Interactive Introduction, Andrew Kernohan outlines the connections between conflicting positions on environmental policy and the worldviews in which those positions…

“…a shuddering horror that will thrill throughout the world.”

Stephen Donovan and Matthew Rubery’s unique new anthology Secret Commissions, published September 2012, collects nineteen works of investigative journalism from the Victorian age. The articles capture the frequently stark and sinister social conditions of nineteenth-century Britain, and bring to life the sense of horror and frustration surrounding such controversial issues as poverty, prostitution, and infanticide.…

Comparing Eastern & Western Philosophy

Puqun Li’s A Guide to Asian Philosophy Classics is filled with interesting comparisons between Asian and Western thought. These comparisons not only make the great works of Asian philosophy accessible to Western readers, they also shed light on familiar philosophical issues. Here’s an excerpt in which Li connects ideas from the Analects of Confucius to…

Keith Dromm on Sexual Harassment

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Keith Dromm, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern University and author of the recently published Sexual Harassment: An Introduction to the Conceptual and Ethical Issues, sat down with Alex Sager, Acquiring Editor for the Broadview Guides to Business and Professional Ethics series, to answer a few questions on the corporate, legal,…

Stephen Railton on Huck Finn

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Stephen Railton, Professor of English at the University of Virginia and editor of the recently published Broadview Edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, sat down for an interview with UVa’s College of Arts and Sciences to discuss his uncensored presentation of Twain’s original 1885 manuscript and the ongoing controversy over the novel’s depiction of race…

Atherton Goes to Hollywood

Many Broadview Editions are of works from the 1910s or earlier, so a feature of a newly published edition was unusual for us: appendix material related to a contemporary film adaptation. The novel, also the subject of a popular 1924 film, is Gertrude Atherton’s Black Oxen (1923), edited for Broadview by Melanie Dawson. The story…