But there will be others that inspire you to seek out that author's other works or to pursue more work from the same school. I swoon over Tennyson and Browning. I finally finished this big textbook. I am required by my department to teach from these anthologies, and I detest it. I will be happily re-selling this copy after finishing my introductory literature course.Next
A responsive, refreshed, and media-rich revision of the best-selling anthology in the field The most trusted anthology for complete works and helpful editorial apparatus. These anthologies would be fine for high school, but I resent not being trusted to select my own texts at the college level. I always claimed he had the better, not of the argument, but of the rhetoric of the argument. The same holds true for introducing university students to the subcutaneous layers of literature when their schooling hasn't even prepared them for the epidermis. The authors' biographies aren't too posh-sounding and are rather informative than scholarly, which I like.Next
However, the implied answer is no. There are always going to be canons created, no doubt about it, but - again - by providing as relevant a range of texts as possible, and reinforced by talented teachers, anthologies can encourage readers to dive further into the pool rather than luring them to the shallow parts with treats. That's not to say that the Nortons are necessarily evenly distributed between the food groups, but they're a reminder that our predecessors in the Western world have had a lot to say: perhaps we should listen. Fresh scholarship, new authors—with an emphasis on contemporary writers—new topical clusters, and a new ebook make the Norton Anthology an even better teaching tool and an unmatched value for students. Moreover, the rate of change the Victorians experienced, caused to a large degree by advances in manufacturing, created new opportunities and challenges for women. I love Byron, the man was a god among men when it came to words and this poem is no exception. Anyway, those are all the texts I was required to read for winter of 2011.Next
You can find something about it here. Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. I guess what disturbs me most about teaching from these is that my students read the introductions, commentary, and footnotes to each work as the God's truth. We're so much luckier than Shakespeare or Dryden because we have 400 years of additional culture to wade through. The opposing argument sees the study of literature as serving different purposes as we stride through the 21st century. This is a fantastic poem I urge all people to read.Next
I thoroughly enjoyed the poem, Yeats is a true artist and his work is timeless. If you don't think the entirety of Moby-Dick is for you, read the Cliffs Notes and then read the handful of most consequential chapters to discover Melville's style and technique for yourself. Whether this is the result of opening university studies up to too many people in a post-war class-conscious society, or whether it's just the natural evolution of a cultural mindset. There is an interesting and old group on the Internet, a group of writers who call themselves, Pre-Joycean. He too is one of my favourite writers, The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my favourite books, so I was so happy to get to read some Wilde this year. I got a kick out of some of the footnotes. Or maybe I'm being a whiner, and should just be sure to have my dictionary and encyclopedias by my side.
Historical and biographical information is provided in a series of headnotes for each author and in introductions for each of the time periods. The sixth edition, published in 1993, included and. For me, the answer to that lies somewhere in between. I really like this story, the characters are intense considering its length and the message it sends is clear and undeniable. That probably paints me as morbid but those are the ones that speak to me the most.Next
It covers the time periods from The Romantic Period 1785-1830 to the The Victorian Age 1830-1901 and ending with The Twentieth Century. Each section has a clear, concise introduction to different aspects of that theme. Amid Chegg's selection of available titles, this edition is a top 1,000 book, indicating its acclaim and efficacy. At worst, it creates a situation wherein culture is stratified, mindsets drift further apart, and preferences in taste become more and more inherently political. The Ninth Edition introduces new General Editor Robert Levine and three new-generation editors who have reenergized the volume across the centuries. Author: Stephen Jay Greenblatt Editor: W. In English literature, the criteria for what makes a good textbook are a little different - or at least I think so.Next
I think Vindication is one of the most underappreciated texts in western feminism and probably one of the most interesting, compelling, concise, and honest ones out there. World Literature does not come from an anthology. Victorian poetry and the Victorian novel both value visual description as a way of portraying their subjects. It tells the story of an ideal, progressive family torn apart by religion and fanaticism. No anthology can be everything or include everything, but having read these, one can say they have interacted with all the major eras and movements. Some were completely redundant, and made me feel like this book caters towards middle or high schoolers. What are the problems inherent in selection? I fully expect to return to it many times in years to come.