About Us

Broadview: An Introduction

The word “broadview” expresses a good deal of the philosophy behind our company. Our focus is very much on the humanities, but within this field we are open to a broad range of academic approaches and political viewpoints. We welcome feminist perspectives, and we have a particular interest in addressing environmental issues. Our publishing program is internationally-oriented, and we publish for a broad range of geographical markets—but as a Canadian company we also publish a broad range of titles with a Canadian emphasis. And our individual titles often appeal to a broad readership; we publish many titles that are as much of interest to the general reader as they are to academics and students.

Broadview: The Company

Broadview Press is a Canadian-owned independent academic publisher with no affiliation to any larger publishing house. Paying large returns to shareholders is not one of our primary objectives as it is for many of the large multinational publishers; we have a small group of shareholders that consists primarily of employees, but also authors and other friends of the press. As a company, we strive to produce high-quality, pedagogically useful books, and to uphold fair business practices in relation to our authors, our staff, the professors who adopt our books, and the students who purchase and read our books.

Broadview handles production and distribution of its books through its Peterborough, Ontario facility. Sales and editorial acquisitions are carried out through its offices in Guelph, Ontario; Wolfville, Nova Scotia; Calgary, Alberta; and Nanaimo, British Columbia. The company has roughly 700 titles in print, and is currently publishing approximately 45 new titles per year. Broadview Press was incorporated in 1985; since then the company has grown steadily and now employs over 25 people.

Environmental Commitment

We at Broadview believe that ethical conduct is not only compatible with sound business practice, it is 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 books that we publish to the choice of paper on which we print those books.

Click here to read more about some of our ethically-oriented policies and actions.

Click here to read more about our printing practices, including our commitment to printing the interiors of our books on FSC certified and 100% post-consumer recycled paper whenever feasible.

Territorial Acknowledgement

Broadview Press wishes to acknowledge that our Guelph office is located on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, and Métis Peoples, while our Peterborough office is located on the traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg. Our Calgary office is on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearpaw, and Wesley First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Comments about the Press

“… Broadview is to be congratulated for doing so much to keep our literary past open and alive.” – Ian Duncan, English Department Chair, University of California, Berkeley

“Broadview Press is such an integral part of my experience as a teacher and scholar that without its editions, I simply could not have taught the classes I’ve been teaching for the past ten years.” – Helen Thompson, Northwestern University

“… I hardly ever make a syllabus without one or more books from the Broadview list. Broadview more than any other press has radically expanded our students’ sense of the variety and complexity of the literary past.” – David Simpson, G.B. Needham Professor of English, University of California, Davis

“The Broadview series is not just great for teaching; it has also changed the way we do scholarship.” – Suzanne Daly, University of Massachusetts, Amherst