The Devils Mousetrap: Redemption and Colonial American Literature

Hardcover | July 1, 1997

byLinda Munk

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The Devil's Mousetrap approaches the thought of three colonial New England divines--Increase Mather, Jonathan Edwards, and Edward Taylor--from the perspective of literary theory. Author Linda Munk focuses on the background of these men's ideas and on the sources from which they drew, bothdirectly and indirectly, in framing their theology. She notes that the language used in the pulpit by Mather, Edwards, and Taylor is full of allusions to the Bible and Apocrypha, to Puritan treatises, and to post-biblical exegesis, Jewish and Christian. Munk proceeds to unpack many allusions thathave, for the most part, proven to be unclear to contemporary readers, in order to provide essential insights into the construction of Puritan theology.

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The Devil's Mousetrap approaches the thought of three colonial New England divines--Increase Mather, Jonathan Edwards, and Edward Taylor--from the perspective of literary theory. Author Linda Munk focuses on the background of these men's ideas and on the sources from which they drew, bothdirectly and indirectly, in framing their theolo...

Linda Munk is at University of Toronto.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 8.31 × 5.71 × 0.79 inPublished:July 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195114949

ISBN - 13:9780195114942

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"Munk's readings are sensitive and detailed. She works carefully through etymologies in several languages to achieve precision in key terms....The refreshing prose style adds to the value of a book that is both creative and rigorous in its scholarship, essential reading for those who wouldunderstand the Puritan mind."--Seventeenth-Century News