We explain what an anthology is, its characteristics, its component parts and examples. Also, how to make an anthology.
What is an anthology?
An anthology (from the Greek anthos , “flower”, and legein , “choose”) is an orderly and justified compilation of different works of an artistic genre , considered outstanding or relevant by the person who carries out the selection (the anthologist or anthologist ).
Usually all the works that compose it revolve around a specific theme, perspective or historical moment. Thus, there may be literary, musical, cinematographic anthologies, etc., applying thematic criteria, period, gender, etc.
The anthologies contain artistic works by different authors, different periods or different natures , depending on the common thread that serves as their nucleus. It is possible, for example, to anthologize the great love poems of the 20th century, or different versions of the same musical theme interpreted by different musicians in different musical genres.
Be that as it may, these are compilation projects, whose author is precisely the one who makes the selection, and who usually has the opportunity to explain their criteria in an introductory text .
Anthologies are ideal to publicize new pieces or authors, who share space with other more recognized ones, or because they summon the reader by the central theme and not by the names of the compiled authors. Therefore, variety is always a point in favor of anthologies.
Anthologies are so frequent in the world of literature that they are practically a genre unto themselves.