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.
Introduction / Anne Dunan-Page John Bunyan's literary life / N.H. Keeble John Bunyan and Restoration literature / Nigel Smith John Bunyan and the Bible / W.R. Owens John Bunyan and the goodwives of Bedford: a psychoanalytic approach / Vera J. Camden Grace abounding to the chief of sinners: John Bunyan and spiritual autobiography / Michael Davies The Pilgrim's progress and the line of allegory / Roger Pooley Bunyan and the early novel: The life and death of Mr. Badman / Stuart Sim Militant religion and politics in The holy war / David Walker A book for boys and girls, or, country rhimes for children: Bunyan and literature for children / Shannon Murray Posthumous Bunyan: early lives and the development of the canon / Anne Dunan-Page The Victorians and Bunyan's legacy / Emma Mason Bunyan: colonial, postcolonial / Isabel Hofmeyr.