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Trauma and Transformation: The Political Progress of John Bunyan

Vera J. Camden


In 1649, the English people suffered a tremendous wound, a psychic lesion, as they both instigated and endured the killing of their king, Charles I. John Bunyan came of age in the shadow of this rupture in the political, social, and religious order of the nation; his life and works follow the contours of the Civil War, the Restoration, and the Glorious Revolution. Yet when compared with such contemporaries as John Milton, Andrew Marvell, or Samuel Pepys, he is strikingly silent about the political events of those tumultuous years. In his single-minded spirituality, Bunyan endures as an intrigu ... More

Keywords: John Bunyan, Civil War, Restoration, Glorious Revolution, authority, agency, sexuality, modernity, liberty, dissent

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780804757850
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804757850.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vera J. Camden, editor