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Cambridge Companions to Literature : The Cambridge Companion to Bunyan - Anne Dunan-Page

Cambridge Companions to Literature

The Cambridge Companion to Bunyan

By: Anne Dunan-Page (Editor)


Published: 10th June 2010
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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.

'these essays represent the latest thinking and scholarship in the world of Bunyan studies ... let us be grateful for the appreciative and informative twenty-first century approaches evident in this Companion.' Language and Literature
'For Bunyan, the bible was the only book that really mattered, and all of his writings are permeated by its language - generally that of the King James bible, but also that of Tyndale and the Geneva Bible. Bunyan explains his own encounter with the Scriptures in his autobiographical writings.' International Review of Biblical Studies

Notes on contributors
List of abbreviations
Note on the text
Introduction Anne Dunan-Page
John Bunyan in his Seventeenth-Century Context
John Bunyan's literary life
John Bunyan and Restoration literature
John Bunyan and the Bible
John Bunyan and the goodwives of Bedford: a psychoanalytic approach
John Bunyan's Major Works
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners: John Bunyan and spiritual autobiography
The Pilgrim's Progress and the line of allegory
Bunyan and the early novel: The Life and Death of Mr. Badman
Militant religion and politics in The Holy War
A Book for Boys and Girls: Or, Country Rhimes for Children: Bunyan and literature for children
Readership and Reception
Posthumous Bunyan: early lives and the development of the canon
The Victorians and Bunyan's legacy
Bunyan: colonial, postcolonial
Further reading
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ISBN: 9780521515269
ISBN-10: 0521515262
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 10th June 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.8  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.45