The Portable Bunyan: A Transnational History of

The Portable Bunyan: A Transnational History of "The Pilgrim's Progress"

by Isabel Hofmeyr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691116563

ISBN-13: 9780691116563

Pub. Date: 12/08/2003

Publisher: Princeton University Press

How does a book become an international bestseller? What happens to it as it is translated into different languages, contexts, and societies? How is it changed by the intellectual environments it encounters? What does the transnational circulation mean for its reception back home? Exploring the international life of a particularly long-lived and widely traveled

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How does a book become an international bestseller? What happens to it as it is translated into different languages, contexts, and societies? How is it changed by the intellectual environments it encounters? What does the transnational circulation mean for its reception back home? Exploring the international life of a particularly long-lived and widely traveled book, Isabel Hofmeyr follows The Pilgrim's Progress as it circulates through multiple contexts--and into some 200 languages--focusing on Africa, where 80 of the translations occurred.

This feat of literary history is based on intensive research that criss-crossed among London, Georgia, Kingston, Bedford (John Bunyan's hometown), and much of sub-Saharan Africa. Finely written and unusually wide-ranging, it accounts for how The Pilgrim's Progress traveled abroad with the Protestant mission movement, was adapted and reworked by the societies into which it traveled, and, finally, how its circulation throughout the empire affected Bunyan's standing back in England.

The result is a new intellectual approach to Bunyan--one that weaves together British, African, and Caribbean history with literary and translation studies and debates over African Christianity and mission. Even more important, this book is a rare example of a truly worldly study of "world literature"--and of the critical importance of translation, both linguistic and cultural.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691116563
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/08/2003
Series:
Translation/Transnation Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS vii
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS xiii
PROLOGUE 1
INTRODUCTION
Portable Texts: Bunyan, Translation, and Transnationality 11
PART ONE
BUNYAN IN THE PROTESTANT ATLANTIC
1
The Congo on Camden Road 45
2
Making Bunyan Familiar in the Mission Domain 56
3
Translating Bunyan 76
4
Mata's Hermeneutic: Internationally Made Ways of Reading Bunyan 98
PART TWO
BUNYAN, THE PUBLIC SPHERE, AND AFRICA
5
John Bunyan Luthuli: African Mission Elites and The Pilgrim's Progress 113
6
Dreams, Documents, and Passports to Heaven: African Christian Interpretations of The Pilgrim's Progress 137
7
African Protestant Masculinities in the Empire: Ethel M. Dell, Thomas Mofolo, and Mr. Great-heart 151
8
Illustrating Bunyan 173
9
Bunyan in the African Novel 191
PART THREE
POST-BUNYAN
10
How Bunyan Became English 217
CONCLUSION
Lifting the Tollgates 228
APPENDIX 1
Bunyan Translations by Language 240
APPENDIX 2
A Social Profile of Bunyan Translators 244
NOTES 247
BIBLIOGRAPHY 281
INDEX 307

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