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Postscript: The Legacy of <i>The Pilgrim's Progress</i>

Michael Davies

in Graceful Reading

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199242405
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602405 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199242402.003.0008
 Postscript: The Legacy of The Pilgrim's Progress

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The enduring success of Bunyan’s allegory has been upheld largely by re-inscribing it as a universally religious or moralistic book rather than one that deals strictly with Bunyan’s Calvinist theology of grace, as in the anonymous Part 3 of The Pilgrim’s Progress or Alcott’s Little Women. Only by returning Bunyan’s theology to the text, in ways often avoided by Bunyan’s literary commentators, can The Pilgrim’s Progress be recognized as a work holding more radical, nonconformist literary implications.

Keywords: Alcott; Calvinist; Grace; nonconformist; The Pilgrim’s Progress; theology

Chapter.  4618 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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