The Broadview Introduction to Literature: Concise Edition
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2014
  • ISBN: 9781554812554 / 1554812550
  • 904 pages; 6" x 9"
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The Broadview Introduction to Literature: Concise Edition

  • Publication Date: December 11, 2014
  • ISBN: 9781554812554 / 1554812550
  • 904 pages; 6" x 9"

Designed for courses taught at the introductory level in Canadian universities and colleges, this new anthology provides a rich selection of literary texts. In each genre the anthology includes a vibrant mix of classic and contemporary works. Each work is accompanied by an author biography and by explanatory notes, and each genre is prefaced by a substantial introduction. Companion websites include genre-specific quizzes and discussion questions for students and instructors. 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.

This concise edition offers the literary breadth and pedagogical features of the complete edition in a more compact, affordable package.

This anthology comes with access to a companion website for students. An access code is included with all new copies. An instructor’s website is also available; an access code is provided with all desk copies.

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Comments on 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 Broadview Introduction to Literature presents a judicious selection of literature from around the world and across the centuries. … 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 writers present complex ideas and human experience.” — Deborah Torkko, Vancouver Island University

“Offers a rich polyphony of voices that is sure to resonate with the diverse student body that constitutes the modern-day university classroom. … The new Broadview Introduction to Literature has something for everyone, from the classical and canonical to the contemporary and quirky.” — Lorraine DiCicco, King’s University College

“Provides a full picture of the breadth of literature in English. … It is an excellent choice for any introductory college or university English literature course.” — Jeoff Bull, Humber College

“This is an excellent text for a generalist audience of first-year students and for more advanced readers.” — Patricia Rigg, Acadia 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, equally importantly, to enjoy doing so. … The anthology strikes me as very well thought out, very well laid out, and very cognizant of the needs and interests of its intended audience. I look forward to using it with my classes.” — Vanessa Warne, University of Manitoba

“The editors of The Broadview Introduction to Literature have thoughtfully compiled a varied selection of works that provide an impressive range of national, historical, and cultural perspectives. Their 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 and includes a section devoted to poetry in translation, a rarity in anthologies of its kind.” — Heather Meek, Université de Montréal




Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)

  • “The Black Cat”

Kate Chopin (1850–1904)

  • “The Story of an Hour”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935)

  • “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Edith Wharton (1862–1937)

  • “Atrophy”

James Joyce (1882–1941)

  • “Araby”
    “The Dead” (

Katherine Mansfield (1888–1923)

  • “The Garden Party”

William Faulkner (1897–1962)

  • “A Rose for Emily”

Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961)

  • “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”
    “Hills Like White Elephants” (

Flannery O’Connor (1925–1964)

  • “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929)

  • “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”

Raymond Carver (1938–1988)

  • “Cathedral”

Margaret Atwood (b. 1939)

  • “Happy Endings”

Thomas King (b. 1943)

  • “A Short History of Indians in Canada”

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”

Emma Donoghue (b. 1969)

  • “Seven Pictures Not Taken”

David Bezmozgis (b. 1973)

  • “Tapka”



Sophocles (c. 496–406 bce)

  • Oedipus Rex (

Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906)

  • A Doll’s House

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)

  • The Importance of Being Earnest (

Tennessee Williams (1911–1983)

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Sharon Pollock (b. 1936)

  • Blood Relations

Hannah Moscovitch (b. 1978)

  • Essay



Sir Thomas Wyatt (c. 1503–1542)

  • [“They flee from me that sometime did me seek”]

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?”]

Robert Herrick (1591–1674)

  • “Delight in Disorder”
    “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”
    “Upon Julia’s Clothes”

George Herbert (1593–1633)

  • “The Altar”
    “Easter Wings”

John Milton (1608–1674)

  • “On Shakespeare”
    [“When I consider how my light is spent”]
    “Lycidas” (

Anne Bradstreet (1612–1672)

  • “The Author to Her Book”

Andrew Marvell (1621–1678)

  • “The Garden”
    “To His Coy Mistress”

Alexander Pope (1688–1744)

  • from The Rape of the Lock
    • Canto 1
      Canto 2

Thomas Gray (1716–1771)

  • “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”

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”
      “The Chimney Sweeper”
  • from Songs of Experience
    • “The Chimney Sweeper”
      “The Sick Rose”
      “The Tyger”

William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

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

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)

  • “Frost at Midnight”
    “Kubla Khan”
    “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (

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”
    “The Charge of the Light Brigade”

Robert Browning (1812–1889)

  • “My Last Duchess”

Emily Brontë (1818–1848)

  • [“No coward soul is mine”]
    [“Often rebuked, yet always back returning”]
    [“Ah! Why, because the dazzling sun”] (

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”

Matthew Arnold (1822–1888)

  • “Dover Beach”

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”
    “In an Artist’s Studio”

Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)

  • “The Darkling Thrush”
    “During Wind and Rain”

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”

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”
    “Root Cellar”

Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979)

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

Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

  • “The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower”
    “Fern Hill”
    “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”

Philip Larkin (1922–1985)

  • “Church Going”
    “This Be the Verse”

Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997)

  • “A Supermarket in California”

John Ashbery (b. 1927)

  • “Civilization and Its Discontents”

Thom Gunn (1929–2004)

  • “To His Cynical Mistress”
    “The Hug”

Adrienne Rich (1929–2012)

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

Ted Hughes (1930–1998)

  • “The Thought-Fox”
    “Hawk Roosting”

Derek Walcott (b. 1930)

  • “A Far Cry from Africa”

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
    “The Door”

Seamus Heaney (1939–2013)

  • “Digging”
    “Mid-Term Break”
    “The Grauballe Man”
    “The door was open and the house was dark”

Gwendolyn MacEwen (1941–1987)

  • “Dark Pines Under Water”
    “The Discovery”

Sharon Olds (b. 1942)

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

Michael Ondaatje (b. 1943)

  • “Letters & Other Worlds”
    “The Cinnamon Peeler”
    “To a Sad Daughter”

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”
  • “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”

Roo Borson (b. 1952)

  • “Water Memory”

Rita Dove (b. 1952)

  • “Persephone, Falling”

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”]

Kim Addonizio (b. 1954)

  • “First Poem for You”

Sarah Arvio (b. 1954)

  • “Wood”

Carol Ann Duffy (b. 1955)

  • “Drunk”

Marilyn Dumont (b. 1955)

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

Li-Young Lee (b. 1957)

  • “Persimmons”

George Elliott Clarke (b. 1960)

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

Jackie Kay (b. 1961)

  • “In My Country”

Alice Oswald (b. 1966)

  • “Wedding”

Karen Solie (b. 1966)

  • “Sturgeon”
    “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)

  • “nervous organism”

R.W. Gray (b. 1969)

  • “How this begins”

Sharon Harris (b. 1972)

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



Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 bce–65 ce)

  • “Epistle 47” from Moral Letters to Lucilius (

Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)

  • “On Cannibals” (

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)

  • “Shooting an Elephant”

Miriam Toews (b. 1964)

  • “A Father’s Faith”


Lisa Chalykoff is Senior Instructor in English at the University of Victoria.

Neta Gordon is Associate Professor and Chair of English at Brock University.

Paul Lumsden is Assistant Professor of English at Grant MacEwan University.

The Broadview Introduction to Literature offers comprehensive content for both instructors and students.

The instructor site has teaching notes on sub-genres, discussion questions for authors and genres, approaches to teaching, and thematic groupings of readings. An access code to the website is provided in all examination copies.

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