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The Prodigal Son in English and American Literature

Five Hundred Years of Literary Homecomings

Alison M. Jack

Biblical 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
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