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The Resource Reading Piers Plowman and The pilgrim's progress : reception and the Protestant reader, Barbara A. Johnson

Reading Piers Plowman and The pilgrim's progress : reception and the Protestant reader, Barbara A. Johnson

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Reading Piers Plowman and The pilgrim's progress : reception and the Protestant reader
Title
Reading Piers Plowman and The pilgrim's progress
Title remainder
reception and the Protestant reader
Statement of responsibility
Barbara A. Johnson
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Language
eng
Summary
Centering her discussion on two historical "ways of reading"--Which she calls the Protestant and the lettered - Barbara A. Johnson traces the development of a Protestant readership as it is reflected in the reception of Langland's Piers Plowman and Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. Informed by reader-response and reception theory and literacy and cultural studies, Johnson's ambitious examination of these two ostensibly literary texts charts the cultural roles they played in the centuries following their composition, roles far more important than their modern critical reputations can explain. The reception of these two works, revealing as it does changing ideas concerning the nature and status of books as well as the stature of authors, documents the means by which a culture shapes and is shaped by texts. Johnson argues that much more evidence exists about how earlier readers read than has hitherto been acknowledged. The reception of Piers Plowman, for example, can be inferred from references to the work, the apparatus its Renaissance printer inserted in his editions, the marginal comments readers inscribed both in printed editions and in manuscripts, and the apocryphal "plowman" texts that constitute interpretations of Langland's poem. Conditioned more by religious, historical, and economic forces than literary concerns, Langland's poem became a part of the reformist tradition that culminated in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. By understanding this tradition, Bunyan's place in it, and the way the reception of The Pilgrim's Progress illustrates the beginning of a new more realistic fictional tradition, Johnson concludes, we can begin to delineate a more accurate history of the ways literature and society intersect, a history of readers reading
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Johnson, Barbara A
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Langland, William
  • Bunyan, John
  • Christian literature, English
  • Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages in literature
  • Protestants
  • Puritan movements in literature
  • Protestantism and literature
  • Reader-response criticism
  • Protestants
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Reading Piers Plowman and The pilgrim's progress : reception and the Protestant reader, Barbara A. Johnson
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-308) and index
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
24373047
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 318 pages
Isbn
9780809316533
Lccn
91030326
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1464290
Label
Reading Piers Plowman and The pilgrim's progress : reception and the Protestant reader, Barbara A. Johnson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-308) 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
Control code
24373047
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 318 pages
Isbn
9780809316533
Lccn
91030326
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1464290

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