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Sympathetic Puritans: Calvinist Fellow Feeling in Early New England

Abram Van Engen


This book argues that a Calvinist theology of sympathy shaped the politics, religion, rhetoric, and literature of early New England. It revises dominant accounts of Puritanism and challenges the literary history of sentimentalism by unearthing the pervasive presence of sympathy in a large archive of Puritan sermons, treatises, tracts, poems, journals, histories, and captivity narratives. Scholars have often understood and presented sentimentalism as a direct challenge to stern and stoic Puritan forebears: standard literary history traces a cult of sensibility back to moral sense philosophy and ... More

Keywords: Puritan, Calvinism, sympathy, sentimentalism, Antinomian Controversy, Eliot tracts, Mary Rowlandson, conversion, New England, early American literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199379637
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199379637.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abram Van Engen, author
Washington University in St. Louis