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date: 10 December 2019

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The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678; 1684) is not a novel, but it comes from the same cultural swirl that produced the early novel. This chapter highlights both Bunyan’s influence on the early novel, and a seventeenth-century English culture that influenced Bunyan alongside the early novelists. The proliferation of things, the realized spaces, the vivid characters, their emblematic names, their pungent dialogues, and the metatextualities of marginalia, interpolated narratives, and self-reflexivity, all find descendants—direct, collateral, or cultural—in the deliberate repetitions of Daniel Defoe, the detailed descriptions of Eliza Haywood, the interrupting narrators of Henry Fielding, and the rhetorical patterns of every other literary genre (newspapers, histories, poems, drama) digested by the early novel.

Keywords: The Pilgrim’s Progress, characters, descriptions, dialogues, marginalia, names, spaces, things

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