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Protestant Autobiography in the Seventeenth-Century Anglophone World

Kathleen Lynch


Autobiographical narrative is seldom viewed as a catalyst for the social and political upheavals of mid‐seventeenth#x2010;century England and its colonies. This book argues that it should be. Focusing on the inward search for signs of election as a powerful stimulus for new, written forms of self‐identification, this study directs critical attention toward the collective processes through which ‘truthful’ texts of spiritual experience were constructed, validated, and endorsed. This new analysis of the rhetoric of authentic selfhood emphasizes the ways in which personal accounts of religious aw ... More

Keywords: autobiographical narrative, seventeenth‐century England, spiritual experience, religious awakening, proto-literary forms, Augustine, John Bunyan, Richard Baxter

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199643936
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199643936.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen Lynch, author
Executive Director, Folger Institute, Folger Shakespeare Library