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In all six of its volumes The Broadview Anthology of British Literature presents British literature in a truly distinctive light. Fully grounded in sound literary and historical scholarship, the anthology takes a fresh approach to many canonical authors, and includes a wide selection of work by lesser-known writers. The anthology also provides wide-ranging coverage of the worldwide connections of British literature, and it pays attention throughout to issues of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. It includes comprehensive introductions to each period, providing in each case an overview of the historical and cultural as well as the literary background. It features accessible and engaging headnotes for all authors, extensive explanatory annotations, and an unparalleled number of illustrations and contextual materials. Innovative, authoritative and comprehensive, The Broadview Anthology of British Literature has established itself as a leader in the field.
The full anthology comprises six bound volumes, together with an extensive website component; the latter has been edited, annotated, and designed according to the same high standards as the bound book component of the anthology, and is accessible by using the passcode obtained with the purchase of one or more of the bound volumes.
For the second edition of this volume a number of changes have been made. Elizabeth Gaskells Our Society at Cranford has been added, as has Anthony Trollopes A Turkish Bath. Charles Dickens is now represented with a number of short selections.
The selection of poems by D.G. Rossetti has been expanded considerably (the entire 1870 House of Life sequence is included), as has that by Michael Field. A selection of poems by two key figures who also appear in the anthologys twentieth century volume (Thomas Hardy and W.B. Yeats) is also now included.
Several of the Contexts sections in the volume have been expanded?notably The Place of Women in Society, which now includes material concerning the Contagious Diseases Acts) and Britain, Empire, and a Wider World, which now includes a section on the Great Exhibition of 1851.
The volume will also include additional visual material?including four more pages of full color illustrations.
Inevitably, some selections have been dropped from the bound book; these will all remain available, however, on the anthologys website component. The most significant change in that direction is Dickenss A Christmas Carol. As well as remaining available on the website, that work?like Hard Times, Great Expectations, and approximately 100 other titles from the Victorian period, is available as a stand-alone volume in the Broadview Editions series, and may be added (at little or no additional cost to the student) in a shrink-wrapped combination package.