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The Resource Graceful reading : theology and narrative in the works of John Bunyan, Michael Davies

Graceful reading : theology and narrative in the works of John Bunyan, Michael Davies

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Graceful reading : theology and narrative in the works of John Bunyan
Title
Graceful reading
Title remainder
theology and narrative in the works of John Bunyan
Statement of responsibility
Michael Davies
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Graceful Reading offers a new way of understanding Bunyan's theology and his narrative art, examining and reassessing the complex and interdependent relationship between them. Michael Davies begins by proposing that Bunyan's theology is far from obsessed with the forbidding Calvinist doctrine of predestination and its corollary tendency towards painful introspection. Bunyan's is, rather, a comfortable doctrine, in which the believer is encouraged to accept salvation through the far more assuring terms of Bunyan's covenant theology - those of faith and grace. The book then reassesses how Bunyan's narrative style is informed by this theology. Works such as Grace Abounding and The Pilgrim's Progress reveal a profound sensitivity to narrative forms and reading practices, as they aim to inculcate in their readers a self-consciousness about reading itself which is instrumental in the very process of spiritual instruction, in seeing 'things unseen'. This is a study, therefore, which asserts a radically different way of reading Bunyan's writings, both through the terms of seventeenth-century covenant theology, and through some distinctly 'postmodernist' ideas about narrative practice."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
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1970-
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Davies, Michael
Dewey number
828/.407
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3332
LC item number
.D38 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Covenant theology
  • Christian literature, English
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Christianity and literature
  • Covenant theology in literature
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Bunyan, John
  • Bunyan, John
  • Bunyan, John
Label
Graceful reading : theology and narrative in the works of John Bunyan, Michael Davies
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [356]-383) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A comfortable doctrine: John Bunyan's theology of grace -- Bunyan's exceeding maze: Doctoring and doctrine in Grace abounding to the chief of sinners -- Of things seen and unseen: Graceful reading and narrative practice in Grace abounding -- Into an allegory: Method, metaphor, and the apology of The pilgrim's progress -- 'Sweet fiction and sweet truth': Theology and narrative in The pilgrim's progress -- First among sequels: John Bunyan's other allegories -- Postscript: The legacy of The pilgrim's progress
Control code
48662474
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 393 pages
Isbn
9780199242405
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2001050815
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Graceful reading : theology and narrative in the works of John Bunyan, Michael Davies
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [356]-383) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A comfortable doctrine: John Bunyan's theology of grace -- Bunyan's exceeding maze: Doctoring and doctrine in Grace abounding to the chief of sinners -- Of things seen and unseen: Graceful reading and narrative practice in Grace abounding -- Into an allegory: Method, metaphor, and the apology of The pilgrim's progress -- 'Sweet fiction and sweet truth': Theology and narrative in The pilgrim's progress -- First among sequels: John Bunyan's other allegories -- Postscript: The legacy of The pilgrim's progress
Control code
48662474
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 393 pages
Isbn
9780199242405
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2001050815
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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