In this Book

summary

Marilynne Robinson is arguably one of the most important writers of our time. Her voice resonates across the richly imagined American landscapes within which she grounds her stories of love and loss, alienation and belonging, injustice and redemption. Robinson's award-winning body of work -- including Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award -- has cultivated admiration all over the world, offering readers new and profound interpretations of the meanings of transience, presence, convention, and resistance.

In A Political Companion to Marilynne Robinson, Shannon L. Mariotti and Joseph H. Lane Jr. assemble both rising and established political theorists to explore the juxtaposition of Robinson's nonfiction works and her novels, and to examine their connections to contemporary political issues. The collection analyzes Robinson's writings on American democracy, community, and freedom, and it includes an engrossing interview with the author specifically conducted for this volume. From an exploration of the democratic potential in being a "housekeeper of homelessness" to a study of models of action against racial injustice, this volume provides fascinating new insights into Robinson's work and how it reflects and reassesses American political culture and theory.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Series Foreword
  2. Patrick J. Deneen
  3. pp. vii-viii
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction. The Mystery of Experience: Marilynne Robinson’s Political Theory
  2. Shannon L. Mariotti, Joseph H. Lane Jr.
  3. pp. 1-18
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Part I. The Struggle to Live in Democratic Community: Home, Wilderness, Age, and Race
  1. 1. The Housekeeper of Homelessness: The Democratic Ethos of Marilynne Robinson’s Novels and Essays
  2. Shannon L. Mariotti
  3. pp. 21-56
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 2. Our Home in the Wilderness: The American Experience with Wilderness and Frontier Democracy in Marilynne Robinson’s Fiction and Essays
  2. Joseph H. Lane Jr.
  3. pp. 57-90
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 3. Gilead’s Two Models of Action against Racial Injustice
  2. Alex Zamalin, Daniel Skinner
  3. pp. 91-112
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 4. “In Those Old Days”: The Old and the Aging in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and Home
  2. Emily C. Nacol
  3. pp. 113-138
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 5. “Disabled and Dangerous”: The Individual and Society in Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping
  2. Lorraine Krall McCrary
  3. pp. 139-164
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Part II. Faith and Skepticism: Religion, Secularism, and Humanism
  1. 6. The Ministerial Exception
  2. Matthew Scherer
  3. pp. 167-194
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 7. The Death of Jeremiah? Marilynne Robinson and Covenant Theology
  2. Christie L. Maloyed
  3. pp. 195-222
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 8. Transcendence and Human Purpose: Marilynne Robinson and the Travails of Liberal Calvinism
  2. Ralph C. Hancock
  3. pp. 223-252
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 9. The Romance of the Self: Marilynne Robinson’s Existential Humanism
  2. Anna Hadfield, Roger Berkowitz
  3. pp. 253-272
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 10. Merism and the Mermaid in a Ship’s Cabin: A Conversation with Marilynne Robinson
  2. Shannon L. Mariotti, Joseph H. Lane Jr.
  3. pp. 273-300
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 301-304
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 305-306
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-318
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Series Titles
  2. restricted access Download |

Additional Information

ISBN
9780813167770
Related ISBN
9780813167763
MARC Record
OCLC
959278191
Pages
330
Launched on MUSE
2016-12-06
Language
English
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.