The Puritan Conversion Narrative: The Beginnings of American Expression by Patricia CaldwellThe Puritan Conversion Narrative: The Beginnings of American Expression by Patricia Caldwell

The Puritan Conversion Narrative: The Beginnings of American Expression

byPatricia Caldwell

Paperback | November 29, 1985

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In the mid-seventeenth century, persons on both sides of the Atlantic wishing to join a Puritan church had to appear before all of its members and tell the story of their religious conversion - in effect, to give convincing verbal evidence that their souls were saved. New England's Puritans widely adopted this practice, and in this book Patricia Caldwell attempts to unravel the mystery of this procedure by viewing it as a literary phenomenon that met the special imaginative and expressive needs of troubled people in a time of great turmoil. In the first comparative reading of conversion stories as literary expression, Caldwell shows that these symbolic and deeply religious narratives represent 'the first faint murmurings of a truly American voice'.
Title:The Puritan Conversion Narrative: The Beginnings of American ExpressionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:November 29, 1985Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521311470

ISBN - 13:9780521311472

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Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Part I. The Conversion Narrative as a Form of Expression in the Puritan Gathered Churches: 1. Origins; 2. Controversy; Part II. Sea Change: The Conversion Narrative in The New World: 3. Disappointment; 4. The problem of expression; 5. The American morphology of conversion; 6. Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.

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' ... Patricia Caldwell entirely succeeds in persuading us to hear 'the faint murmurings of a truly American voice.' Times Higher Education Supplement