RECENT PUBLICATIONS BY IJBS MEMBERS
The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan
Edited by Michael Davies and W. R. Owens
The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan is the most extensive volume of original essays ever published on the seventeenth-century Nonconformist preacher and writer. 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.
- Presents thirty-eight original chapters by internationally recognized scholars from around the globe
- Examines Bunyan’s life and works, their literary, religious, and historical significance, and the critical reception of his writings, in particular his famous allegory of the Christian life, The Pilgrim’s Progress
- Divided into four sections (Contexts; Works; Directions in Criticism; Journeys) this Handbook is easy to navigate and clear in rationale
Vanity Fair and the Celestial City
Dissenting, Methodist, and Evangelical Literary Culture in England 1720-1800
by Isabel Rivers
In John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, the pilgrims cannot reach the Celestial City without passing through Vanity Fair, where everything is bought and sold. In recent years there has been much analysis of commerce and consumption in Britain during the long eighteenth century, and of the dramatic expansion of popular publishing. Similarly, much has been written on the extraordinary effects of the evangelical revivals of the eighteenth century in Britain, Europe, and North America. But how did popular religious culture and the world of print interact? It is now known that religious works formed the greater part of the publishing market for most of the century. What religious books were read, and how? Who chose them? How did they get into people’s hands? Vanity Fair and the Celestial City is the first book to answer these questions in detail.
Offers the first detailed account of the writing, editing, publishing, and distribution of popular religious books by evangelical dissenters, Methodists, and Church of England evangelicals in the period 1720 to 1800
Brings together the methods and approaches of religious history, book history, literary history, and the history of reading