John Bunyan's Master Story: The "Holy War" as Battle Allegory in Religious and Biblical Context
By: Daniel V. Runyon (author)Hardback
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This study demonstrates that with The Holy War, John Bunyan created a literary masterpiece in the tradition of Psychomania by Prudentius and set the standard by which to judge battle allegories. This analysis reveals the roots of Bunyan's genius in both his theological and literary sensibilities, shaped by Luther and Foxe, and his comprehensive understanding of the biblical plot or "master story." This work details biblical foundations and literary devices employed by Bunyan which have remained unnoticed in previous studies, while also engaging themes or motifs of importance to him as a writer and thinker.
Dr. Daniel Virgil Runyon teaches Composition, Fiction Writing, and Renaissance Literature at Spring Arbor University. He earned his M.A. from Wheaton College and his Ph.D. in English Literature from Keele University. Dr. Runyon's enthusiasm for John Bunyan arose from a life-long interest in story-telling, and a particular fascination with the genre of religious allegory.
Preface by U. Milo Kaufmann; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Section 1: Grasping The Holy War in Religious Context; Bunyan's Hybrid Puritan Theology; Influences on Bunyan's Battle Allegory; Forces Shaping Bunyan's World View; Bunyan's Master Story: The Thing Speaks for Itself; Section 2: Reading The Holy War in Biblical Context; Creation & Revelation; Law, Wisdom & Prophecy; Gospel; Apocalypse; Emmanuel's Resolution; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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