- Author : Alison M. Jack
- Release Date : 14 February 2019
- Publisher : Biblical Refigurations
- Genre : Literary Criticism
- Pages : 192 pages
- ISBN 13 : 9780198817291
Download or read book entitled The Prodigal Son in English and American Literature by author: Alison M. Jack which was release on 14 February 2019 and published by Biblical Refigurations with total page 192 pages . This book available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. The Parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the best-known stories in the Bible. It has captured the imagination of commentators, preachers and writers. Alison M. Jack explores the reconfiguring of the character of the Prodigal Son and his family in literature in English. She considers diverse literary periods and genres in which the paradigm is particularly prevalent, such as Elizabethan literature, the work of Shakespeare, the novels of female Victorian writers, the American short story tradition, novels focused on the lives of ordained ministers, and the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop and Iain Crichton Smith. Drawing on scholarship from biblical and literary studies, this study demonstrates the remarkable potency of the parable in generating new, and at times contradictory, meanings in different contexts. Historical and literary criticism are brought into dialogue to explore this remarkably resilient and nimble character as he dances through drama, novels and poetry across the centuries.