Bunyan and Authority - The Rhetoric of Dissent and the Legitimation Crisis in Seventeenth-Century England

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Stuart Sim et David Walker - Bunyan and Authority - The Rhetoric of Dissent and the Legitimation Crisis in Seventeenth-Century England.
The range of John Bunyan's work, fictional and non-fictional, is rarely captured in literary studies ; nor is he often the subject of theoretically-informed... Lire la suite
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The range of John Bunyan's work, fictional and non-fictional, is rarely captured in literary studies ; nor is he often the subject of theoretically-informed readings as in the postmodern perspective adopted in this study. Jean-François Lyotard's conception of postmodernism as an attitude of 'incredulity towards grand narratives' is particularly appropriate to the situation in seventeenth-century England, where the traditional narratives of church and state collapsed in the 1640s leaving a full-scale legitimation crisis in their wake.
The authors explore Bunyan's complex, and often highly subversive attitude to institutional authority, as expressed in a writing career ranging from the pamphlets of the 1650s through to the fiction of the 1670s and 80s, against a backdrop of bitter conflict between incommensurable cultural narratives. Bunyan and Authority opens up new lines of approach to an author central to the development of the nonconformist tradition in English life, and its provocative conclusions hold important implications for the study of seventeenth-century English literature, history, and religion.

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The Authors : Stuart Sim is Professor of English Studies at the University of Sunderland, and co-editor of the journal Bunyan Studies. He has published widely on seventeenth/eighteenth-century prose fiction and twentieth-century critical theory, including the books Negotiations with Paradox : Narrative Form and Narrative Practice in Bunyan and Defoe (1990), and Modern Cultural Theorists : Jean-François Lyotard (1996).
David Walker is Lecturer in English at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, and Reviews Editor of Bunyan Studies. His publications include articles on Bunyan in Bunyan Studies and Prose Studies.

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