Christopher Hill, A Tinker and a Poor Man: John Bunyan and his Church, 1628-1688 (New York 1989), 375; Isabel Hofmeyr, The Portable Bunyan: A Transnational History of The Pilgrim's Progress
What makes this phenomenon especially remarkable is that The Pilgrim's Progress
was written in the seventeenth century--by the time the missionaries were translating it in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it was a 200-year-old book
This reading of The Pilgrim's Progress
as an active progress challenges previous works of critical scholarship by Stanley Fish and Thomas Luxon.
In the central section, five chapters on "Bunyan, the public sphere, and Africa", she discusses African appropriations and (re-)interpretations of, and borrowings from, both the text and illustrations of The pilgrim's progress
Hence, while recent Bunyan studies have tended to focus on Bunyan as the product and representative of Stuart era nonconformity, Hofmeyr reminds her readers that Bunyan first attained recognition as a figure whose spiritual direction in The Pilgrim's Progress
was considered by many to be a transnational prescription for the universal human condition.
Certainly by the end of this life the success of The Pilgrim's Progress
made him a well-known figure, but for the most part Bunyan seems to have lived outside the mainstream of resistance.
For better or for worse, the pilgrim's progress
of the People of God (which may not all be in a forward direction) has brought us to a place where more Catholics--especially the young and well-educated--believe we have a right and duty to participate in open conversations about important moral, religious, and disciplinary questions.
For all of Bunyan's resolution in The Pilgrim's Progress
of the conflict between the word and the thing, and for all of the stunning originality that conflict fosters in his allegory, the fact remains that his experience of the scriptures, his imagination, and his world in Grace Abounding was fraught with terror and anxiety.
I have suggested in an earlier note that Jane Austen alludes to an episode in Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress
in one of the Sotherton scenes in Mansfield Park.
After the intellectual confidence, the magisterial sweep, and the acute readings of these chapters, the final two chapters on Grace Abounding and The Pilgrim's Progress
are somewhat less striking (though Luxon will disturb many complacencies by his development of a more radical version of Fish's 'non-progressive progress' reading (p.
Other notable examples of personification allegory are John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress
and the medieval morality play Everyman .
And that truly is unfortunate, not simply or primarily because we are deprived of juicy biographical tidbits concerning the pilgrim's progress
of one R.
The Pilgrim's Progress
by John Bunyan, one of the biggest best sellers in America (relative to population), was published in the colonies, only three years after its first English publication.
The son of a poor tinker, (that is, a traveling mender of pots and pans,) John Bunyan produced one of the most popular and influential books of the Restoration period The Pilgrim's Progress
One of the most widely read books in English literature, The Pilgrim's Progress
is a prose allegory relating the journey and adventures of Christian, who flees the City of Destruction and sets out for the Celestial City.