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The Phenomenology of Love and Reading . By Cassandra Falke.


The Phenomenology of Love and Reading. By FalkeCassandra. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. vii+177. Hard Back, US$99, £72, ISBN 978-1-6289-2648-4 (Epub: 978-1-6289-2650-7 eBook: 978-1-6289-2649-1 US$89.09, £76.49).

Barth’s Reading of the Parable of the Prodigal son in marilynne robinson’s gilead : exploring christlikeness and homecoming in the novel


While the theological and literary significance of Calvin and of the parable of the Prodigal Son in Marilynne Robinson’s novel Gilead has been critically explored, the role of the theology of Karl Barth and his understanding of the parable has been largely ignored. Here, Barth’s presence in the novel is discussed as an influence on the development of John Ames’ self-understanding in theological terms, in particular through his growing identification with the younger son in the parable, as well as with the father. It is argued that the relationship between the Prodigal Son, Ames and the reader is given focus in the themes of Christlikeness and homecoming which Barth’s reading of the parable encourages.