The Broadview Introduction to Literature: Concise Edition – Second Edition
  • Publication Date: June 26, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554814756 / 1554814758
  • 912 pages; 6" x 9"

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The Broadview Introduction to Literature: Concise Edition – Second Edition

  • Publication Date: June 26, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554814756 / 1554814758
  • 912 pages; 6" x 9"

Please note: Although this Concise Edition is not available in ebook form, the complete edition of The Broadview Introduction to Literature is available as an ebook. The print version of the Concise Edition remains available for purchase.

A contemporary, Canadian, and diverse update of Broadview’s concise introduction to literature. Pedagogically current and uncommon in its breadth of representation, The Broadview Introduction to Literature invites students into the world of literary study in a truly distinctive way.


Praise for The Broadview Introduction to Literature

“Of all the anthologies available for introducing university students to the study of literature, this one stands apart as particularly valuable, comprehensive, and engaging.” — Dana Medoro, University of Manitoba

“The editors do not privilege one country, author, century, or genre over another. Rather, this anthology invites readers to consider markedly different … orientations to the study of literature and the multiple ways in which writers present complex ideas and human experience.” — Deborah Torkko, Vancouver Island University

“Informative, accessible, and far from dry, The Broadview Introduction to Literature encourages students to make the transition from literary appreciation to literary analysis, and, just as important, to enjoy doing so.” — Vanessa Warne, University of Manitoba

“The editors’ choices reflect a rapidly expanding literary canon and at the same time respect the diverse composition of most first-year university classrooms. This collection combines frequently anthologized texts with refreshingly unusual additions.” — Heather Meek, Université de Montréal

The Study of Literature

Short Fiction


Sir Thomas Malory (c. 1415–1471)

Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)

  • “The Black Cat”

Kate Chopin (1850–1904)

  • “The Story of an Hour”

Guy de Maupassant (1850–1893)

Joseph Conrad (1857–1924)

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904)

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935)

  • “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

  • “Atrophy”

Susan Glaspell (1876–1948)

James Joyce (1882–1941)

Franz Kafka (1883–1924)

Katherine Mansfield (1888–1923)

  • “The Garden Party”

Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961)

Flannery O’Connor (1925–1964)

  • “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018)

  • “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

Chinua Achebe (1930–2013)

  • “Dead Men’s Path”

Alice Munro (b. 1931)

  • “Friend of My Youth”

Alistair MacLeod (1936–2014)

  • “As Birds Bring Forth the Sun”

Margaret Atwood (b. 1939)

  • “Happy Endings”

Thomas King (b. 1943)

  • “A Short History of Indians in Canada”

Octavia Butler (1947–2006)

  • “Speech Sounds”

Haruki Murakami (b. 1949)

  • “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning”

Ian McEwan (b.1948)

Barbara Gowdy (b. 1950)

  • “We So Seldom Look on Love”

Rohinton Mistry (b. 1952)

  • “Squatter”

Kazuo Ishiguro (b. 1954)

  • “A Family Supper”

Eden Robinson (b. 1968)

  • “Terminal Avenue”

Lynn Coady (b. 1970)

  • “Hellgoing”

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (b. 1971)

  • “Big Water”

David Bezmozgis (b. 1973)

  • “Tapka”

Hassan Blasim (b. 1973)

  • “The Nightmare of Carlos Fuentes”

Anders Nilsen (b. 1973)

  • “Toward a Conceptual Framework for Understanding Your Individual Relationship to the Totality of the Universe in Four Simple Diagrams”

Jonathan Safran Foer (b. 1977)



Sophocles (c. 496–c. 406 BCE)

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906)

  • A Doll’s House

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)

  • The Importance of Being Earnest

Sharon Pollock (b. 1936)

  • Blood Relations

Geoff Kavanagh (b. 1961)

Hannah Moscovitch (b. 1978)

  • Essay



Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343–1400)

Sir Thomas Wyatt (c. 1503–1542)

  • [“The long love that in my thought doth harbour”]
  • [“They flee from me that sometime did me seek”]
  • [“Whoso list to hunt, I know where is an hind”]

Sir Walter Ralegh (c. 1554–1618)

  • “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd”

Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593)

  • “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

  • Sonnets
    • 18 [“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”]
    • 29 [“When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes”]
    • 73 [“That time of year thou mayst in me behold”]
    • 116 [“Let me not to the marriage of true minds”]
    • 130 [“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”]

John Donne (1572–1631)

  • “The Flea”
  • from Holy Sonnets
    • 10 [“Death be not proud, though some have called thee”]
    • 14 [“Batter my heart, three personed God; for you”]
    • “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”

Lady Mary Wroth (1587–1653?)

  • from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus
    • Song [“Love, a child, is ever crying”]
    • 77 [“In this strange labyrinth how shall I turn?”]

George Herbert (1593–1633)

  • “The Altar”
  • “Easter Wings”

John Milton (1608–1674)

Anne Bradstreet (1612–1672)

  • “The Author to Her Book”

Andrew Marvell (1621–1678)

  • “To His Coy Mistress”

Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743–1825)

  • “The Caterpillar”

Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784)

  • “On Being Brought from Africa to America”

William Blake (1757–1827)

  • from Songs of Innocence
    • “The Lamb”
  • from Songs of Experience
    • “London”

William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

  • “Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey”
  • [“The world is too much with us”]

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788–1824)

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

  • “Ozymandias”
  • “Ode to the West Wind”

John Keats (1795–1821)

  • “When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be”
  • “La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad”
  • “Ode to a Nightingale”
  • “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
  • “To Autumn”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)

  • from Sonnets from the Portuguese
    • Sonnet 22 [“When our two souls stand up erect and strong”]
    • Sonnet 24 [“Let the world’s sharpness like a clasping knife”]
    • Sonnet 43 [“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”]

Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)

  • “The Raven”

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)

  • “The Lady of Shalott”
  • “Ulysses”
  • “The Charge of the Light Brigade”

Robert Browning (1812–1889)

  • “My Last Duchess”

Emily Brontë (1818–1848)

  • [“Ah! why, because the dazzling sun”]
  • [“No coward soul is mine”]
  • [“Often rebuked, yet always back returning”]
  • [“I’ll come when thou art saddest”]

Walt Whitman (1819–1892)

  • from Song of Myself
    • 1 [“I celebrate myself, and sing myself ”]
    • “I Hear America Singing”
    • “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer”

Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)

  • 249 [“Wild Nights—Wild Nights!”]
  • 288 [“I’m Nobody! Who are you?”]
  • 341 [“After great pain, a formal feeling comes”]
  • 465 [“I heard a Fly buzz—when I died”]
  • 712 [“Because I could not stop for Death”]
  • 754 [“My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun”]
  • 1129 [“Tell all the Truth but tell it slant”]

Christina Rossetti (1830–1894)

  • “Goblin Market”

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889)

  • “God’s Grandeur”
  • “The Windhover”

W.B. Yeats (1865–1939)

  • “Easter 1916”
  • “The Second Coming”
  • “Leda and the Swan”
  • “Sailing to Byzantium”

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906)

  • “We Wear the Mask”

Robert Frost (1874–1963)

  • “The Road Not Taken”
  • “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

  • “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”

Mina Loy (1882–1966)

  • “Human Cylinders”
  • “Gertrude Stein” (

William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)

  • “The Red Wheelbarrow”
  • “Spring and All”
  • “This Is Just to Say”
  • “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”

Ezra Pound (1885–1972)

  • “The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter”
  • “In a Station of the Metro”

Marianne Moore (1887–1972)

  • “Poetry”
  • “Poetry” (revised version)

T.S. Eliot (1888–1965)

  • “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
  • “Journey of the Magi”

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950)

  • [“I, being born a woman and distressed”]
  • [“What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why”]

Wilfred Owen (1893–1918)

  • “Anthem for Doomed Youth”
  • “Dulce et Decorum Est”

E.E. Cummings (1894–1962)

  • [“in Just–”]
  • [“somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond”]
  • [“anyone lived in a pretty how town”]

Langston Hughes (1902–1967)

  • “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”
  • “Harlem (2)”

Stevie Smith (1902–1971)

  • “Not Waving but Drowning”

Earle Birney (1904–1995)

  • “Vancouver Lights”
  • “The Bear on the Delhi Road”

W.H. Auden (1907–1973)

  • “Funeral Blues”
  • “Musée des Beaux Arts”
  • “September 1, 1939”
  • “The Unknown Citizen”

Theodore Roethke (1908–1963)

  • “My Papa’s Waltz”
  • “I Knew a Woman”

Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979)

  • “Sestina”
  • “First Death in Nova Scotia”
  • “One Art”

Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

  • “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”

P.K. Page (1916–2010)

  • “The Stenographers”
  • “Stories of Snow”

Al Purdy (1918–2000)

  • “Trees at the Arctic Circle”
  • “Lament for the Dorsets”

Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997)

  • “A Supermarket in California”

Adrienne Rich (1929–2012)

  • “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers”
  • “Living in Sin”
  • “Diving into the Wreck”

Ted Hughes (1930–1998)

  • “The Thought-Fox”
  • “Pike”

Derek Walcott (1930–2017)

  • “A Far Cry from Africa”

Arun Kolatkar (1932–2004)

  • “Yeshwant Rao”
  • “Pictures from a Marathi Alphabet Chart”

Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)

  • “Daddy”
  • “Lady Lazarus”

Lucille Clifton (1936–2010)

  • “miss rosie”
  • “the lost baby poem”

Margaret Atwood (b. 1939)

  • “Death of a Young Son by Drowning”
  • [“you fit into me”]
  • “Variation on the Word Sleep”

Frank Bidart (b. 1939)

  • “Queer”
  • “Half-Light”

Seamus Heaney (1939–2013)

  • “Digging”
  • “Mid-Term Break”
  • “The Grauballe Man”
  • “Cutaways”

Gwendolyn MacEwen (1941–1987)

  • “Dark Pines Under Water”
  • “The Discovery”

Sharon Olds (b. 1942)

  • “The One Girl at the Boys Party”
  • “Sex without Love”

Eavan Boland (b. 1944)

  • “Night Feed”
  • “Against Love Poetry”

bpNichol (1944–1988)

  • “Blues”
  • [“dear Captain Poetry”]

Tom Wayman (b. 1945)

  • “Did I Miss Anything?”

Robert Bringhurst (b. 1946)

  • “Leda and the Swan”

Marilyn Nelson (b. 1946)

  • “Minor Miracle”

Lorna Crozier (b. 1948)

  • from The Sex Lives of Vegetables
    • “Carrots”
    • “Onions”
  • “When I Come Again to My Father’s House”

Agha Shahid Ali (1949–2001)

  • “Postcard from Kashmir”
  • “The Wolf’s Postscript to ‘Little Red Riding Hood’”

Anne Carson (b. 1950)

  • from Short Talks
    • “On Rain”
    • “On Sylvia Plath”
    • “On Walking Backwards”

Lillian Allen (b. 1951)

  • “One Poem Town”

Dionne Brand (b. 1953)

  • from thirsty
    • 30 [“Spring darkness is forgiving. It doesn’t descend”]
    • 32 [“Every smell is now a possibility, a young man”]

Louise Bernice Halfe (b. 1953)

  • “wêpinâson”
  • “ê-kwêskît — Turn-Around Woman”

Harryette Mullen (b. 1953)

  • “Dim Lady”
  • “Black Nikes”
  • from Muse & Drudge
    • [“marry at a hotel, annul ’em”]

Kim Addonizio (b. 1954)

  • “First Poem for You”

Carol Ann Duffy (b. 1955)

  • “Drunk”
  • “Crush”

Marilyn Dumont (b. 1955)

  • “Not Just a Platform for My Dance”
  • “The White Judges”

Richard Harrison (b. 1957)

  • “On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood”
  • “Cell Phone” (

Li-Young Lee (b. 1957)

  • “Persimmons”

George Elliott Clarke (b. 1960)

  • from Whylah Falls
    • “Blank Sonnet”
    • “Look Homeward, Exile”
  • “Casualties”

Jackie Kay (b. 1961)

  • “In My Country”
  • “Her”

Gregory Scofield (b. 1966)

  • “Not All Halfbreed Mothers”
  • “Aunty”
  • “Wrong Image”

Karen Solie (b. 1966)

  • “Sturgeon”
  • “Nice”
  • “Self-Portrait in a Series of Professional Evaluations”

Arundhathi Subramaniam (b. 1967)

  • “To the Welsh Critic Who Doesn’t Find Me Identifiably Indian”

Rita Wong (b. 1968)

  • “opium”
  • “nervous organism”

Victoria Chang (b. 1970)

  • “Mr. Darcy”

Sharon Harris (b. 1972)

  • “99. Where Do Poems Come From?”
  • “70. Why Do Poems Make Me Cry?”

d’bi.young anitafrika (b. 1977)

  • “self-esteem (ii)”
  • “foreign mind/local body”
  • “love speak”

Hai-Dang Phan (b. 1980)

  • “My Father’s ‘Norton Introduction to Literature,’ Third Edition (1981)”

Jordan Abel (b. 1985)

  • from The Place of Scraps

Literary Non-Fiction


Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 BCE–65 CE)

Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)

Jonathan Swift (1667–1745)

  • “A Modest Proposal”

Virginia Woolf (1882–1941)

  • “The Death of the Moth”

Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960)

  • “How It Feels to Be Coloured Me”

George Orwell (1903–1950)

Richard Wagamese (1955–2017)

  • “Finding Father”

Scott McCloud (b. 1960)

  • from Understanding Comics

Kamal Al-Solaylee (b. 1964)

  • from Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone)

Miriam Toews (b. 1964)

  • “A Father’s Faith”

Ivan Coyote (b. 1969)

  • “Tomboys Still”

Permissions Acknowledgements
Index of First Lines
Index of Authors and Titles

Lisa Chalykoff is Assistant Teaching Professor of English at the University of Victoria. Neta Gordon is Associate Professor of English at Brock University. Paul Lumsden is Assistant Professor of English at Grant MacEwan University.


  • — Engaging, up-to-date introductions to genres and to individual authors
  • — Thorough annotation
  • — Comprehensive glossary of literary terms
  • — Unlike most competing anthologies, includes a selection of literary non-fiction
  • — Includes more visual material than competing anthologies


  • — More young and/or contemporary writers in all genres
  • — A stronger selection of contemporary Canadian literature, particularly from Indigenous writers
  • — Two new graphic literature selections
  • — More speculative and science fiction
  • — More world writing, both in English and in translation

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