The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan

ISBN : 9780192855688

Michael Davies; W. R. Owens
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172 x 246 mm
Oxford Handbooks

The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan is the most extensive volume of original essays ever published on the seventeenth-century nonconformist preacher and writer, John Bunyan. Its thirty-eight chapters examine Bunyan's life and works, their religious and historical contexts, and the critical reception of his writings, in particular his allegorical narrative, The Pilgrim's Progress. Interdisciplinary and comprehensive, it provides unparalleled scope and expertise, ranging from literary theory to religious history and from theology to post-colonial criticism. The Handbook is structured in four sections. The first, 'Contexts', deals with the historical Bunyan in relation to various aspects of his life, background, and work as a nonconformist: from basic facts of biography to the nature of his church at Bedford, his theology, and the religious and political cultures of seventeenth-century Dissent. Part 2 considers Bunyan's literary output: from his earliest printed tracts to his posthumously published works. Offering discrete chapters on Bunyan's major works - Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666), The Pilgrim's Progress, Parts I and II (1678; 1684); The Life and Death of Mr. Badman (1680), and The Holy War (1682) - this section nevertheless covers Bunyan's oeuvre in its entirety: controversial and pastoral, narrative and poetic. Section 3, 'Directions in Criticism', engages with Bunyan in literary critical terms, focusing on his employment of form and language and on theoretical approaches to his writings: from psychoanalytic to post-secular criticism. Section 4, 'Journeys', tackles some of the ways in which Bunyan's works, and especially The Pilgrim's Progress, have travelled throughout the world since the late seventeenth century, assessing Bunyan's place within key literary periods and their distinctive developments: from the eighteenth-century novel to the writing of 'empire'.


Michael Davies: Introduction: Bunyan's Presence
1 Michael A. Mullett: Bunyan's Life, Bunyan's Lives
2 John Coffey: Bunyan's England: The Trials and Triumphs of Restoration Dissent
3 Anne Dunan-Page: Bunyan and the Bedford Congregation
4 Dewey D. Wallace, Jr.: Bunyan's Theology and Religious Context
5 Alison Searle: Bunyan and the Word
6 Roger Pooley: Bunyan's Reading
7 Margaret J. M. Ezell: Bunyan and Gender
8 N. H. Keeble: 'Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate': Bunyan and the Writing of Dissent
9 Kathleen Lynch: Bunyan's Partners in Print
10 David Walker: Early Works: Bunyan in the 1650s
11 David Gay: Bunyan in Prison: Writings from the 1660s
12 Nigel Smith: Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666)
13 Ken Simpson: 'The Desired Countrey': Bunyan's Writings on the Church in the 1670s
14 Michael Davies: The Pilgrim's Progress (1678): Chasing Apollyon's Tale
15 Katsuhiro Engetsu: The Life and Death of Mr. Badman (1680)
16 Nancy Rosenfeld: The Holy War (1682)
17 Arlette Zinck: Piety and Radicalism: Bunyan's Writings of the 1680s
18 Margaret Olofson Thickstun: The Pilgrim's Progress, Part II (1684)
19 Elizabeth Clarke: 'Truth in Meeter': Bunyan's Poetry and Dissenting Poetics
20 W. R. Owens: Bunyan's Posthumously Published Works
21 Jeremy Tambling: Bunyan, Emblem, and Allegory
22 Nick Davis: Bunyan and Romance
23 Mary Ann Lund: The Prose Style of John Bunyan
24 Julie Coleman: The Language of The Pilgrim's Progress
25 Maxine Hancock: 'Nor do thou go to work without my Key': Reading Bunyan Out to the Edges
26 Tamsin Spargo: Bunyan and the Historians
27 Vera J. Camden: Bunyan Unbound: Prison and the Place of Creativity
28 Stuart Sim: Bunyan, Poststructuralism, and Postmodernism
29 Lori Branch: Bunyan, Theory, and Theology: A Case for Postsecular Criticism
30 Cynthia Wall: Bunyan and the Early Novel
31 Isabel Rivers: The Pilgrim's Progress in the Evangelical Revival
32 Jonathan Shears: Bunyan and the Romantics
33 Vincent Newey: Bunyan and the Victorians
34 Joel D. Rasmussen: Bunyan and America
35 Gary Day: Bunyan, Class, and Englishness
36 Nathalie Colle: Wayfaring Images: The Pilgrim's Pictorial Progress
37 Shannon Murray: Bunyan for Children
38 Sylvia Brown: Bunyan and Empire


Michael Davies is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool. Among his publications is Graceful Reading: Theology and Narrative in the Works of John Bunyan (2002). He is currently preparing a critical edition of The Bunyan Church Book, 1656-1710 for Oxford University Press. W. R. Owens is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the Open University, and Visiting Professor at the University of Bedfordshire. His publications include volumes XII and XIII of The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan (1994), editions of Grace Abounding (1987) and The Pilgrim's Progress (2003), The Canonisation of Daniel Defoe (co-author, 1988), A Critical Bibliography of Daniel Defoe (co-author, 1998), The Works of Daniel Defoe (joint General Editor, 44 volumes, 2000-2009), and an edition of The Gospels: Authorized King James Version (2011).