Members’ Publications

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.

Oxford Handbook

Features:

  • 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.

Rivers

Features:

  • 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