n Kleio - The Portable Bunyan : A Transnational History of , Isabel Hofmeyr : book review

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0023-2084



Extracted from text ... THE PORTABLE BUNYAN: A TRANSNATIONAL HISTORY OF THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS Isabel Hofmeyr Johannesburg:Witwatersrand University Press; New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2004, xii + 314 pp. ISBN 1-86814-403-8 Hofmeyr's fascinating study of Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress ? which she describes as a `portmanteau text' (p. 28) ? has these same characteristics. Far from confining her comments to the book's literary merits, she unpacks the voluminous contents that have, over the years, been packed into this text. The Portable Bunyan thus has recourse to tracing missionary movements in Africa in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; to a discussion of literacy and ..

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