This selection of thirty-eight stories (from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries) illustrates diverse narrative styles, from the austere to the avant-garde, as well as a broad spectrum of human experiences. The collection comprises both recognized classics of the genre and some very interesting, less often anthologized works. Stories are organized chronologically, lightly annotated, and prefaced by engaging short introductions. Also included is a glossary of basic critical terms.
The second edition has been updated to include more recent stories, a greater selection of international authors and works in translation, and an illustrated story (Shaun Tan's "Grandpa's Story"). Several luminaries of the genre, including Alice Munro, have multiple stories included in the collection.
Julia Gaunce is the author of the novel Rocket Science (Pedlar Press, 2000). Suzette Mayr is the author of four novels, the most recent of which is Monoceros (Coach House Books, 2011). She teaches creative writing at the University of Calgary. Don LePan is the founder and President of Broadview Press and the author of Animals: A Novel (Véhicule Press, 2009). Marjorie Mather and Bryanne Miller are the Publisher and Assistant English Editor, respectively, at Broadview Press.
"The second edition of The Broadview Anthology of Short Fiction will appeal to instructors, students, and general readers alike. The stories are international in scope, with a strong Canadian component, and cover a broad temporal and generic range, from the nineteenth-century Gothic fiction of Hawthorne and Poe to the contemporary graphic fiction of Shaun Tan. While the collection is built around a solid core of canonical stories by the likes of Joyce, Perkins Gilman, Carver, Atwood, and others, the editors have made some bold and fresh selections, resulting in a diverse and distinctive anthology."
"The first edition of this anthology was a boon to students and instructors, a masterfully economical book containing a wide but manageable assortment of canonical and contemporary stories at an attractive price. Other anthologies are too ungainly, too expensive; in this collection, the selection is concise, and the reference material sophisticated. The second edition features all the strengths of its predecessor, and the inclusion of translated and illustrated works makes it ideal for any level of undergraduate study."