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Bunyan Studies: A Journal of Reformation and Nonconformist Culture

Caption: A plate from the first edition of Bunyan's The Holy War (1682) Reproduced by permission of the British LibraryThe refereed annual journal Bunyan Studies, established in 1988 by W. R. Owens and Stuart Sim, has been based at Northumbria University since 2008. It publishes academic articles on Bunyan’s life and writings, on the literary, religious and historical contexts within which his work was produced, and on the ways in which his most important work, The Pilgrim's Progress, has spread across the world in over 200 languages since its first publication. The inclusion of ‘Reformation’ in the sub-title signals an interest in religious writings and practice from the period before Bunyan, while 'Nonconformist' signals an equal interest in reaching forwards to encompass an important element in British culture right up to the twentieth century. The word 'Culture' signals that we are not limited to literary material and approaches, but will publish articles on wider religious, social and historical contexts. As the list of contributors to the journal in the back numbers to the volume attest, Bunyan Studies has attracted a wide range of submissions from international scholars. Details of the contents of all back numbers can be found here.

Bunyan Studies has an editorial advisory board of distinguished scholars, and subscribers throughout Europe, North America, Australia, South Africa, and Japan. It is the official journal of the International John Bunyan Society, and members receive copies as part of their membership package. The journal has been involved in the organisation of the Society's triennial conferences, held at the University of Alberta, Canada (1995), University of Stirling (1998), Kent State University, Ohio (2001), The Open University and De Montfort University, Bedford (2004), Dartmouth College, New Hampshire (2007), Keele University (2010), and Princeton University, New Jersey (2013).


Editorial Advisory Board:

  • Vera J. Camden, Kent State University
  • Anne Dunan-Page, Université Aix-Marseilles
  • Katsuhiro Engetsu, Doshisha University
  • Isabel Hofmeyr, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Ann Hughes, Keele University
  • N. H. Keeble, University of Stirling
  • Anne Laurence, The Open University
  • Thomas H. Luxon, Dartmouth College
  • Vincent Newey, University of Leicester
  • Roger Pooley, Keele University
  • Nigel Smith, Princeton University
  • Richard Terry, Northumbria University

Editorial contributions and correspondence should be addressed to:

W. R. Owens, Bunyan Studies, Division of Performing Arts and English, University of Bedfordshire, Polhill Avenue, Bedford, MK41 9EA, UK.
Essay submissions of 5-8000 words, as well as shorter articles, notes and reports are welcomed. The journal uses MHRA style.

Reviews and books for review should be addressed to:

Dr Alasdair Raffe, Chancellors Fellow in  History,  Edinburgh University, Room 00M.02, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL. Email:

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