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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 third edition of this volume a number of changes have been made. The Old English material has been substantially revised and expanded, including new translations by Roy Liuzza of "Deor, " "Wulf and Eadwacer, " and "The Battle of Brunanburh." A selection from Adrienne Williams Boyarin's new translation of "The Miracles of the Virgin" will be included, along with Sian Echard's translation of selections from Y Gododdin. Matthieu Boyd's translation of the first two branches of the Mabinogi is also new to this edition, together with several Early Irish lyrics.
The "Love and Marriage" Contexts section has been expanded to include additional material by Christine de Pizan and excerpts from Holy Maidenhood, and the "Religious and Spiritual Life" Contexts section now includes excerpts from Wycliffite writings. The selection of material by Sir Thomas Malory has also been substantially revised and expanded. In addition, the online component of the anthology includes several new selections, including "The Gifts of Men, " "The Fortunes of Men, " "The Feast of Bricriu, " material by Robert Henryson, and a broader selection of medieval drama.