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Author Colón, Susan E.

Title Victorian parables / Susan E. Colón.

Published London ; New York : Continuum International Pub. Group, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  823.809 COLON    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 158 pages ; 22 cm.
Series Continuum new directions in religion and literature.
New directions in religion and literature.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [139]-152) and index.
Contents 1 Parable as Literature, Literature as Parable 1 -- 2 Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Parable and Realism 23 -- 3 "The Parable of Actual Life": Charlotte Yonge's The Heir of Redclyffe 41 -- 4 Prodigal Sons in the Fiction of Margaret Oliphant 63 -- 5 "The Agent of a Superior": Stewardship Parables in Our Mutual Friend 93.
Summary "The familiar stories of the good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and Lazarus and the Rich Man were part of the cultural currency in the nineteenth century, and Victorian authors drew upon the figures and plots of biblical parables for a variety of authoritative, interpretive, and subversive effects. However, scholars of parables in literature have often overlooked the 19th-century novel, assuming that realism--the fiction of the probable and the commonplace--bears no relation to the subversive, iconoclastic genre of parable. But the Victorian literary engagement with the parable genre was not merely a matter of the useful or telling allusion. Susan E. Colṇ shows that authors such as Charles Dickens, Margaret Oliphant, and Charlotte Yonge appreciated the power of parables to deliver an ethical charge that was as unexpected as it was disruptive to conventional moral complacency. Against the common assumption that the genres of realism and parable are polar opposites, this study explores how Victorian novels, despite their length, verisimilitude, and multi-plot complexity, can become parables in ways that imitate, interpret, and challenge their biblical sources"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Parables in literature.
Christianity and literature -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Christianity in literature.
Standard Number 40020742204
ISBN 9781441146502 (paperback)
1441146504 (paperback)
9780826443489 (hbk.)
0826443486 (hbk.)