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ERIC Number: EJ783542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-21
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
The Literary Anthology, Revised and Excised
Howard, Jennifer
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n17 pA8 Dec 2007
This article reports that "The Norton Anthology of English Literature" has new competition in a genre with an uncertain future. The first edition of the Norton appeared in 1962. Since then, the mighty tome has gone through eight editions and introduced generations of undergraduates to the joys (or sorrows) of Chaucer, Milton, and Keats. For many, the memory of staples like "Ode on a Grecian Urn" cannot be separated from the physical fact of the Norton, its hundreds of tissue-thin pages adding up to serious canonical heft. Forty-five years later, the Norton remains the 800-pound gorilla in the classroom. But it faces vigorous and growing competition from other anthologies, notably the "Longman Anthology of British Literature" and the "Broadview Anthology of British Literature." And, like its younger rivals, it has to figure out how to stay relevant--and marketable--in what's been called the postcanonical age, when the old literary lions fight for space with hordes of once-neglected writers.
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Language: English
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