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

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages192
ISBN (Print)9780198817291
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameBiblical Refigurations


- 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

    Research areas

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

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