The Broadview Introduction to Literature: Literary Non-Fiction – Second Edition
  • Publication Date: April 24, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781554814060 / 1554814065
  • 160 pages; 6" x 9"

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The Broadview Introduction to Literature: Literary Non-Fiction – Second Edition

  • Publication Date: April 24, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781554814060 / 1554814065
  • 160 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. Unlike many other such anthologies, it includes literary non-fiction as well as poetry, short fiction, and drama. In each genre the anthology includes a vibrant mix of classic and contemporary works. Each work is accompanied by an introductory headnote 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.

The second edition of The Broadview Anthology of Literature: Literary Non-Fiction includes new essays by Ivan Coyote, David Foster Wallace, Richard Wagamese, and more.

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Praise for the first edition

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

“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

“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.” — Heather Meek, Université de Montréal


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

Jonathan Swift (1667–1745)

  • “A Modest Proposal”

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

  • from A Defence of Poetry

Mark Twain (1835–1910)

  • “Advice to Youth”

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)

Roland Barthes (1915–1980)

  • “The World of Wrestling”

Richard Wagamese (1955–2017)

  • “Finding Father”

Scott McCloud (b. 1960)

  • from Understanding Comics

Philip Gourevitch (b. 1961)

  • from We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families

David Foster Wallace (1962–2008)

  • “How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart”

Kamal Al-Solaylee (b. 1964)

  • from Brown

Miriam Toews (b. 1964)

  • “A Father’s Faith”

Ivan Coyote (b. 1969)

  • “Tomboys Still”

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
  • — Includes more visual material than competing anthologies


  • — Emphasis on contemporary works, with a solid foundation of classic selections
  • — Strong representation of Canadian and Indigenous literatures
  • — Diverse coverage of genres, including graphic literature, life writing, cultural criticism, and humour
  • — New essays by Kamal Al-Solaylee, Richard Wagamese, Ivan Coyote, and more

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.

The student companion site has quizzes and discussion questions for each genre, interactive exercises, additional readings, sample essays, and citation and style resources. An access code to the website is included with all new copies. If you purchased a used copy or are missing your passcode for this site, please click here to purchase a code online.

Package Pricing Available: You may package any two volumes of The Broadview Introduction to Literature for a discounted price. Any title(s) from our Broadview Editions series or from our list of writing handbooks and composition texts may also be packaged with any volume(s) of the anthology at little to no added cost to the student. For more information on available package options, please contact Customer Service for more information.