Henry James’s “The Jolly Corner”: Revisiting the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

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Abstract

In this article, various reception-historical analyses of Henry James’s short story “The Jolly Corner” and its use of the Bible are subjected to critique. The parable of the Prodigal Son is offered as a convincing and significant intertext which is clearly signalled in the story. Reading this parable in the narrative yields useful insights into the dynamics between the characters, and suggests a psychological rather than supernatural interpretation of events.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253–262
JournalJournal of the Bible and its Reception
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2014

Keywords

  • Henry James
  • supernatural explanations
  • psychological realism
  • reception history
  • Luke 15:11–32

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