So it seems to me that Lecker's critical history of Canadian literary anthologies
comes at a crucial time, even if it does not fully come to terms with the crisis at the core of its topic.
reinforce the importance of meeting the needs of all learners through engagement.
meet an unfortunate fate of neglect.
Again, this is the flaw with most anthologies
. Who gets to decide what's important and what's not?
, also, came to take on a retrospective function, especially in the aftermath of the 1774 defeat of perpetual copyright which enabled anthologists to compile "timeless gleanings from the backlist" (67).
In 1847, the first two anthologies
of American literature appeared, and the acrimony that ensued made clear that strong emotions attach to the question of what constitutes an appropriate canon of American literature.
At the same time--and in contrast to previous anthologies
of Alberta (and, more generally, prairie) writing that have focused exclusively on the short story (West of Fiction, 1983, edited by Leah Flater, Rudy Wiebe, and Aritha Van Herk; Due West: 30 Great Stories from Alberta.
"After little more than a decade of enormously consequential work -- including anthologies
of texts, editions, major critical assessments, critical anthologies
, bibliographies -- the desire that women writers should be seen as contributors to English Renaissance literature should be uncontentious." So begins Jonathan Goldberg's Desiring Women Writing: English Renaissance Examples.
To judge from the competing anthologies
of Abrams and Greenblatt on the one hand (2000) and Damrosch on the other (1999), the anthological acceptance of the "essay canon" has indeed happened at a gallop--there are suddenly thousands of pages of nonfiction prose in the benchmark Norton and the Longman British literature anthologies
In retrospect, I might have expected some such response, for Norton anthologies
are widely perceived as cultural icons.
Additionally, these anthologies
announced the validation of black literary studies in the world of white publishing companies and the academic arenas of colleges and universities.
McClatchy is the author of four books of poems, including Ten Commandments, winner of the 1998 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Poetry, and the editor of several anthologies
. His latest poetry anthology, Love Speaks Its Name, features Sappho, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Whitman, Williams, Stein, and many other "queer" writers.