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Puritan Conversion Narrative: The Beginnings of American Expression

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In the mid-seventeenth century, persons on both sides of the Atlantic wishing to join a Puritan church had to appear before all of its members and tell the story of their religious conversion - in effect, to give convincing verbal evidence that their souls were saved. New England's Puritans widely adopted this practice, and in this book Patricia Caldwell attempts to unravel the mystery of this procedure by viewing it as a literary phenomenon that met the special imaginative and expressive needs of troubled people in a time of great turmoil. In the first comparative reading of conversion stories as literary expression, Caldwell shows that these symbolic and deeply religious narratives represent 'the first faint murmurings of a truly American voice'.

Synopsis:

This book explores the testimonies of spiritual experience delivered by puritans in the mid-seventeenth century in order to qualify for membership of their local churches.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Part I. The Conversion Narrative as a Form of Expression in the Puritan Gathered Churches: 1. Origins; 2. Controversy; Part II. Sea Change: The Conversion Narrative in The New World: 3. Disappointment; 4. The problem of expression; 5. The American morphology of conversion; 6. Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521311472
Author:
Caldwell, Patricia
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Editor:
Gelpi, Albert
Editor:
Posnock, Ross
Location:
New York
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
New england
Subject:
England
Subject:
American prose literature
Subject:
Puritans
Subject:
Conversion
Subject:
American prose literature -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Spiritual life -- History of doctrines -- 17th century.
Subject:
History
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
American
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cambridge studies in American literature and culture
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
5.98x9.01x.51 in. .74 lbs.

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