The Cambridge Companion to Bunyan

The Cambridge Companion to Bunyan

by Anne Dunan-Page (Editor)


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The Cambridge Companion to Bunyan by Anne Dunan-Page

John Bunyan was a major figure in seventeenth-century Puritan literature, and one deeply embroiled in the religious upheavals of his times. This Companion considers all his major texts, including The Pilgrim's Progress and his autobiography Grace Abounding. The essays, by leading Bunyan scholars, place these and his other works in the context of seventeenth-century history and literature. They discuss such key issues as the publication of dissenting works, the history of the book, gender, the relationship between literature and religion, between literature and early modern radicalism, and the reception of seventeenth-century texts. Other chapters assess Bunyan's importance for the development of allegory, life-writing, the early novel and children's literature. This Companion provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to an author with an assured and central place in English literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521733083
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/10/2010
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Anne Dunan-Page is Professor of Early Modern British Studies at the Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille I.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors vii

Notes on the text x

List of abbreviations xi

Chronology xiii

Introduction Anne Dunan-Page 1

Part I John Bunyan in his Seventeenth-Century Context

1 John Bunyan's literary life N. H. Keeble 13

2 John Bunyan and Restoration literature Nigel Smith 26

3 John Bunyan and the Bible W. R. Owens 39

4 John Bunyan and the goodwives of Bedford: a psychoanalytic approach Vera J. Camden 51

Part II John Bunyan's Major Works

5 Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners: John Bunyan and spiritual autobiography Michael Davies 67

6 The Pilgrim's Progress and the line of allegory Roger Pooley 80

7 Bunyan and the early novel: The Life and Death of Mr Badman Stuart Sim 95

8 Militant religion and politics in The Holy War David Walker 107

9 A Book for Boys and Girls: Or, Country Rhimes for Children: Bunyan and literature for children Shannon Murray 120

Part III Readership and Reception

10 Posthumous Bunyan: early lives and the development of the canon Anne Dunan-Page 137

11 The Victorians and Bunyan's legacy Emma Mason 150

12 Bunyan: colonial, postcolonial Isabel Hofmeyr 162

Guide to further reading 177

Index 183

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