The Prodigal Sign: A Parable of Criticism

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Setting out to characterize criticism as a set of prodigal practices that exceed the constraints of primary texts, history, and theory, this work makes a case for celebrating the prodigal condition and for another escape—breaking out of traditional constraints towards a hybrid form that combines the critical with the creative.

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Overview

Setting out to characterize criticism as a set of prodigal practices that exceed the constraints of primary texts, history, and theory, this work makes a case for celebrating the prodigal condition and for another escape—breaking out of traditional constraints towards a hybrid form that combines the critical with the creative.

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“One of the issues Mills grapples with is the often cool relationship between the detached professional voice that critics and scholars typically use to discuss literature, and the voice of the self that reads, thinks, laughs, cries, drinks tea, and goes to the bathroom. There are others, of course, as he applies the biblical parable the Prodigal Son to literature criticism. His perspectives include the dwarf, the broken doll, father away in the forest of books, splitting the aphorism, and parables of the republic.”  —Reference & Research Book News
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845191559
  • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: Critical Inventions
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Mills is lecturer in English literature at the University of Wales—Aberystwyth, where his teaching and research interests focus on Victorian literature. He is the author of Justifying Language: Paul and Contemporary Literary Theory and Victorian Revelations: Unveiling Apocalypse in Victorian Writing.

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Table of Contents

The Gospel According to St. Luke, chapter 15 1

Parable and Criticism: The Prodigal Son 15

The Dwarf 35

Keywords: The Prodigal Daughter 39

The Broken Doll 55

The Strange Face of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 58

Reason's Disciple: After Master Derrida 72

Father Away in the Forest of Books 83

The Elder Brother 104

Splitting the Aphorism 107

Skin Trunk: Literature and Resistance in Father and Son 113

T 130

The Estate 133

Parables of the Republic 151

Notes 156

Index 163

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