The Cambridge Companion to Bunyan (Cambridge Companions to by Anne Dunan-Page

By Anne Dunan-Page

John Bunyan used to be an important determine in seventeenth-century Puritan literature, and one deeply embroiled within the non secular upheavals of his occasions. This better half considers all his significant texts, together with The Pilgrim's growth and his autobiography Grace Abounding. The essays, by way of top Bunyan students, position those and his different works within the context of seventeenth-century heritage and literature. They speak about such key matters because the book of dissenting works, the historical past of the booklet, gender, the connection among literature and faith, among literature and early smooth radicalism, and the reception of seventeenth-century texts. different chapters check Bunyan's value for the advance of allegory, life-writing, the early novel and kid's literature. This spouse offers a complete and obtainable advent to an writer with an guaranteed and critical position in English literature.

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The shape of these regimes was particularly relevant to Bunyan since as a dissenter he suffered from the policies of religious discrimination that the government of each monarch adopted towards Protestant nonconformists, although James II favoured toleration of dissenters in order to gain the same for Roman Catholics. The pathetic end of James’s reign in the Glorious Revolution, in the year of Bunyan’s death, ensured greater freedom for dissenters and the end of the ‘great persecution’, but even before Charles’s ascent to the throne in 1660 the twenty years of the ‘Puritan Revolution’ had seen advocates of the Baptist Calvinism for which Bunyan stood grow from a tiny and persecuted minority to become a flourishing community.

187–214; Greaves, Glimpses, pp. 493–8. 35. As argued in W. R. ), John Bunyan, pp. 59–77; see further MW, xii:xvii–xxiii. 36. See further N. H. ), Conventicle, pp. 241–63; Greaves, Glimpses, pp. 619–34; Isabel Hofmeyr, The Portable Bunyan: A Transcultural History of ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ (Princeton University Press, 2004). 25 2 NIGEL SMITH John Bunyan and Restoration literature Most of the works John Bunyan published in print, and indeed most of what he wrote, was compiled during the Restoration.

But (you will say) . . I answer’ (MW, ii:16, 219). Bunyan’s frequent exclamations, questions and self-reflexive interjections are locutory – ‘I say therefore . ’, ‘let me tell you . ’, ‘Only let me say . ’ , ‘I told you before’ (MW, ii:14, 15, 285, viii:125). Through colloquialisms, dialectal forms, proverbs, Bunyan seeks openly to convey in print, as he did in the pulpit, the immediacy of ‘what I felt, what I smartingly did feel’ (GA, p. 85). ‘A Prisoner of Hope’ By 1660 Bunyan had four published titles to his name, but with his arrest in November 1660 and subsequent twelve-year imprisonment his output greatly increased and his literary persona gained sharper definition.

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