Anthologies of literature are in a world of their own.
Take Norton anthologies. You’ve got English Literature, American Literature, Theory and Criticism… Each with several volumes boasting thousands of titles.
How do they decide what goes in an anthology?
It’s probably going to be students who buy the books, so things which are critically viable: but who’s to say that if a previously non-critically acclaimed text appeared in the Norton Anthology. Would it become critically viable because of this? Continue reading