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Metaphors of ConfinementThe Prison in Fact, Fiction, and Fantasy$
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Monika Fludernik

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198840909

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198840909.001.0001

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Poeta in Vinculis I

Poeta in Vinculis I

Textualizations of the Carceral Experience

(p.109) 2 Poeta in Vinculis I
Metaphors of Confinement

Monika Fludernik

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 contrasts the writings of Thomas More and John Bunyan. The chapter foregrounds these authors’ strategies of imaginative and psychological coping, considering how their texts reflect the traumatic experience of incarceration in the imaginative re-enactment of their fiction. The chapter introduces a number of prison tropes besides the WORLD AS PRISON/PRISON AS WORLD metaphor, most prominently in Bunyan the SIN AS PRISON trope. A major focus of the chapter concerns the difficult relationship between fact, fiction, and allegory in the work of the two authors and their contemporaries. A final section of the chapter links Bunyan’s poetry to the tradition of late medieval and early modern prison verse.

Keywords:   Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation, Sir Thomas More, De Tristitia Christi, martyrdom, John Bunyan, Little Tretys, Chaucer, George Ashby, Sir Francis Wortley

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