The Prodigal Son in English and American Literature: Five Hundred Years of Literary Homecomings

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Abstract

- An authoritative yet accessible examination of the characters of the Prodigal son and his family as they appear in drama, novels, and poetry in English from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries
- Focusing on the theme of homecoming each chapter provides an in-depth exploration of a particular period, geographical place, and/or genre in which the character of the Prodigal Son is particularly significant
- Examines the work of Shakespeare, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Margaret Oliphant, Elizabeth Bishop, Iain Crichton Smith, amongst others
- Employs the hermeneutical resources of literature, theology, and history to bring valuable perspectives on the parable of the Prodigal son
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages192
ISBN (Print)9780198817291
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameBiblical Refigurations

Keywords

  • Prodigal Son
  • parables of Jesus
  • reception history of the Bible
  • literature in English
  • diversity of interpretation

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    Alison Jack (Speaker)

    12 May 2019

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