Homecoming Theme in Modern Drama the Return of the Prodigal

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This study begins with an examination of the "archi-pattern" of the Prodigal Son, then analyses the analogies and differences between this "archi-pattern" and its post-figuration in modern dramatic discourse as influenced by changes in the socio-cultural code. Six modern plays are represented: Ibsen's Ghosts, O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, Miller's Death of a Salesman, Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Pinter's The Homecoming, and Shepard's Buried Child.


"Besides many new insights in detail Hadomi's fine study provides a general outlook on the development of modern drama in the light of the thematological question. Her approach is convincing in demonstrating how the methods of drama analysis and of cultural history can be related in a most fruitful way." - Hans-Peter Bayerdörfer

"Reading the book results in profound insight into both the fundamental continuity of literary tradition and the singularity of each play . . . . the book is very well written, structured and documented. I believe that it will be of major interest not only for scholars and students, but also for the wider public. It is my conviction that Hadomi's book will be a source of inspiration for those who wish to reveal deeper levels of meaning in works so complex as those she has chosen to analyse." - Eli Rozik

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