's Art: Abu Mansur al-Tha'alibi and His Yatimat al-dahr.
But I don't use anthologies--never have--which, I suppose, is another way of saying that I have made myself into an anthologist
, picking and choosing which texts I think worthy enough or useful enough for inclusion in my classes.
Indeed, the anthologists
make much of the assertion that "we did not come to this subject as 'true believers' in psychic phenomena nor as ardent debunkers" (p.
We may in fact be poised on the brink of the next great age of the anthology, with electronic anthologists
, like the compilers of the Arts and Letters Daily web site, serving as guides to future culture.
Csicsila wishes to refute critics such as Jane Tompkins whom he feels mistakenly accuse early anthologists
of ignoring women writers.
The desire for representativeness, which haunts anthologists
, has in this case trumped pedagogical utility, but otherwise this is a fine volume, to which people will refer for years to come.
Nielsen is aware that, for many readers (and the anthologists
who create standard textbooks), African American literature is thought to be primarily realistic in style and sociological or political in content; avant-garde expressions--despite the obvious examples of Langston Hughes, Amiri Baraka, and Ishmael Reed--are frequently overlooked.
As all good anthologists
should, Sylvester makes life easy for his reader.
Canons (referring to the published poetic canon) are not made by governments, anthologists
, publishers, editors, or professors, but by writers.
A nineteen-year-old woman raised her hand and said, "I didn't know people could write about these things." So much has been kept from them by homophobic anthologists
The inclusion of Creely is, however, interesting in that Perloff notes how, despite his popularity, Creely's 'plainness' has often led to his work being dismissed by critics and omitted by anthologists
. Coming to the Norton selection of Creeley's work from Perloff's book, one is struck by the strength of his claims for inclusion.
By crosscutting literary and historical categories, African-American writers and their anthologists
have been working out a progressive, even avantgarde model of intellectual labor, one that poses a major challenge to the narrow logic of specialization that plagues teaching and scholarship across the academic disciplines.