Conditions of Use
The Compact Anthology is very comprehensive in its inclusion of a variety of genres and texts (poems, short stories, excerpts from novels, etc.). It is more Western-leaning in Parts 4 & 5, although I appreciate the selection of texts from the... read more
The Compact Anthology is very comprehensive in its inclusion of a variety of genres and texts (poems, short stories, excerpts from novels, etc.). It is more Western-leaning in Parts 4 & 5, although I appreciate the selection of texts from the Near East and Asia in Part 4. Part 6 on more contemporary literature is the most inclusive, with texts from Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the United States.
Each section has a brief introduction to the main literary movement for context and each reading selection has an introduction to the author and text, as well as a few reading comprehension questions. These additions, while concise, are a great place to begin to orient readers to the texts and time periods.
Overall, the text is very accurate and accessible. All links to texts on other websites were functioning. The links to a few readings were to WorldCat to help students find them at their local library. While understandably not as easy as clicking on a link to the text, I think this was a creative way to include the play by Yasmina Reza and the essay by Virginia Woolf.
The content is highly relevant for a world literature course, and the contemporary section is very complete in its selection of texts from throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. The text will surely continue to be relevant for a long period of time.
The introductions to literary movements and to authors and works are written in clear and accessible prose. Explanations are brief and easy to follow.
The organization of texts into historical/chronological sections and subsections is helpful and consistent.
The text’s sections and subsections are easy to follow.
It would be easy to organize a chronological world literature course around this text. I utilize a more thematic approach in my course and would still utilize selections from this anthology; it would just take a bit more effort to organize a course in this way.
The online interface is clear and easy to use. All the links are working and connect to the available texts.
I found no grammatical or spelling errors.
While the readings in Part 6 on the contemporary period were very diverse, the inclusion of more texts from the Eastern world would be welcome in the other sections.
This anthology provides access to a variety of texts in a well-organized format. I would utilize selections of the anthology in a world literature course and appreciate the “additional” materials, such as brief descriptions of time periods/literary movements and introductions to each work. The anthology is very accessible and easy to use.
The introductions of each chapter are comprehensive yet could have been more extensive. They are still useful for intro 100- or 200-level literature courses. The selection of authors is limited and slightly Western-leaning, but, considering that... read more
The introductions of each chapter are comprehensive yet could have been more extensive. They are still useful for intro 100- or 200-level literature courses. The selection of authors is limited and slightly Western-leaning, but, considering that this is a compact anthology, it still covers the most essential readings.
The information that this book delivered is generally accurate and unbiased.
Content is up-to-date, especially in the last chapter of modernism, covering quite contemporary authors and relevant information.
This book is written in an easy-to-follow language, very accessible to students.
Some texts are linked to external sources, which could generate some confusion among students. However, when instructors give some additional guidelines in class about how to use open lit sources online, such as Gutenberg Project, Poetry Foundation, and library ebooks, this could be a good learning opportunity as well. (My students always enjoy knowing more about open online sources for literature.)
Easy to navigate, using a similar interface to typical ebooks.
The index and overall structure of the book are very straightforward.
Overall there is no issue, but if it implements a "scroll back to the top" button, it could be easier to navigate, especially when it comes to a longer text.
No grammatical errors have been spotted so far
This book mostly deals with British or European cultures, which could be more balanced in the next edition. However, when it comes to providing the cultural, historical, and racial backgrounds relevant to each text/author, it does quite a good job, by limiting itself to generalized information, rather than diving deeper to contain possibly sensitive contents.
This book provides a generalized content/selection. If used with some additional supplements by individual instructors, it would be a good book to let students start reading and learning about the world lit.
The text has several essential readings for a survey of World literature, especially one oriented towards Western world literature. The selection leans heavily towards English language texts, which makes it less useful for programs that have... read more
The text has several essential readings for a survey of World literature, especially one oriented towards Western world literature. The selection leans heavily towards English language texts, which makes it less useful for programs that have separate surveys in British and American lit and more appropriate for general Literary Humanities classes. There are also fewer selections from the non Western European world. Again, this serves well the general 'great books' survey but does not help us as much to decenter the curriculum. I could not see an index or glossary. There are brief introductions to each historical period highlighted, shorter than the ones included with the Norton anthologies, and focusing almost exclusively on intellectual developments in the Western World. There are also brief introductions to each author, including some questions for discussion.
The introductions are clear and written in a language accesible to students. A few works are not available, full text or linked to full text with the suggestion to use local libraries. I would probably not include these texts in my syllabus unless I find good online source.
The text stops in a similar place as the equivalent Norton anthology, with writers that have already proven their longevity. For newer materials instructors can use online sources like World Literature Today, Asymptote or Words Without Borders.
The introductions are clear and written in a language accesible to students.
The fact that some texts are linked on outside platforms might be confusing to some students, but with guidance from the instructor, this can be easily seen as a learning opportunity, highlighting the different online sources for teaching materials.
It is easy to navigate from text to text. Inside the individual texts, especially longer ones like Swann's Way for example, less so. If the text has sections, it would be useful to be able to navigate between sections.
The volume is organized chronologically. Readers can navigate using the drop down menus.
The text is generally easy to navigate, except when the literature is on outside platforms and the systems change. Every line in the drop down menu is a link.
I have not noticed any errors.
Most of the general introductory material to each unit focuses almost exclusively on cultural and intellectual developments in the Western World. The author specific introductions are trying to offer additional information.
This is a useful resource, especially if used in combination with other online platforms like the ones I mentioned earlier. At first sight, it serves best classes that are structured chronologically. Thematic suggestions are included with the instructor resources. Considering the cost of the existing world literature anthologies on the market, it would make a good substitution, especially for classes aiming to cover the Western World. Additional resources and introductory materials can be found on the same OER platforms in the volume Compact Anthology of World Literature by Laura Getty and Kyounghye Kwon. I requested the Instructor Resources and they were sent to me within a couple of hours. Among other things, they include syllabi suggestions and brief topics for writing assignments. Instructors would have to further flesh out those assignments.
This is volume 2 of the Compact Anthology of World Literature. This is typically a very expensive book (popular version by Norton for instance). Kudos to the team for editing this edition, writing the accessible introductions, and assembling... read more
This is volume 2 of the Compact Anthology of World Literature. This is typically a very expensive book (popular version by Norton for instance). Kudos to the team for editing this edition, writing the accessible introductions, and assembling translations from the public domain. It's fairly comprehensive considering it is free. It would be great to include more non-Western contents. Currently only the 17th century portion contains material from "The Near East and Asia"; all other sections merely contain the usual suspects and are focused only on the West.
Generally accurate and readable.
On the assumption that the eBook is easily updatable, I assume longevity isn't an issue if the team exercise an ethics of care and continue to update the contents (such as the introductions) to keep the readings relevant.
Generally well written and translations well selected.
Each unit and chapter has consistent font, structure, navigation set-up and everything is well thought out.
The overall design could incorporate more modularity to enable and encourage cross references and modularized lesson plans. In its present form this book mimics a codex-book. One experiences the anthology in a linear fashion.
Standard chronological (and sometimes geographical) organization, fulfilling general expectations of such an anthology.
It seems to be a missed opportunity to not build in multimodal modes to experience the content through multiple pathways.
Excellent in this area.
In the next iteration it would be wonderful to make this anthology more global in the sense of transcending its European focus. Currently only the 17th century portion contains material from "The Near East and Asia"; all other sections merely contain the usual suspects and are focused only on the West.
The text is very heavy on England/ Western Europe, much more so than the first anthology. Even the African work is English by way of Nigeria. However, I've used many of the works included in this text, and would probably still use it thematically,... read more
The text is very heavy on England/ Western Europe, much more so than the first anthology. Even the African work is English by way of Nigeria. However, I've used many of the works included in this text, and would probably still use it thematically, if differently.
The content is accurate and error-free; the only biases may be found in the works chosen.
The content fits within the timeframes of the anthology. As a literature textbook, it should not become obsolete any time soon. More variety of the works is recommended.
The works are clear and understandable.
The book is pretty consistent in its intent.
It is easy enough to navigate the sections.
The topics are introduced in the unit, and then by author, and then the works themselves. There are a few thought-provoking questions to start.
It is difficult to download some works; some zip files cannot be downloaded for safety reasons (this could be a firewall at my own organization, but this could be problematic if faculty and students cannot get to the works).
No grammatical errors were spotted.
The works serve the purposes they are supposed to. If anything, I would recommend more (and earlier) works from other countries. There was some effort made for post-colonial, but before that everything seems to be British or European (French, a bit of German). There were hardly any representations from Africa or Central/South America...or America for that matter.
While I would like to see more variety in this text, I still would use this text--I teach many of the stories within it, though not always in the categories/units in which they are aligned here.
Table of Contents
- Part 4—The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
- Unit I: The Age of Reason
- Unit II: The Near East and Asia
- Part 5—The Long Nineteenth Century
- Unit I Romanticism
- Unit II Realism
- Part 6—The Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature
- Unit I Modernism
- Unit II Postcolonial Literature
- Unit III Contemporary Literature
About the Book
The Compact Anthology of World Literature, Parts 4, 5, and 6 is designed as an e-book to be accessible on a variety of devices: smart phone, tablet, e-reader, laptop, or desktop computer. Students have reported ease of accessibility and readability on all these devices.
- To access the ePub text on a laptop, desktop, or tablet, you will need to download a program through which you can read the text. We recommend Readium, an application available through Google.
- If you plan to read the text on an Android device, you will need to download an application called Lithium from the App Store.
- On an iPhone, the text will open in iBooks.
- Affordable Learning Georgia has also converted the .epub files to PDF. Because .epub does not easily convert to other formats, the left margin of the .pdf is very narrow. ALG recommends using the .epub version.
Although the text is designed to look like an actual book, the Table of Contents is composed of hyperlinks that will take you to each introductory section and then to each text.
Texts from a variety of genres and cultures are included in each unit. Additionally, each selection or collection includes a brief introduction about the author and text(s), and each includes 3 – 5 discussion questions. Texts in the public domain--those published or translated before 1923--are replicated here. Texts published or translated after 1923 are not yet available in the public domain. In those cases, we have provided a link to a stable site that includes the text. Thus, in Part 6, most of the texts are accessible in the form of links to outside sites. In every case, we have attempted to connect to the most stable links available.
About the Contributors
Anita Turlington, University of North Georgia- Gainesville
Matthew Horton, University of North Georgia
Laura Getty, University of North Georgia