Jun 02, 2020  
2018-2019 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies 
    
2018-2019 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AREL 833 - The Novels of Marilynne Robinson

3 credits


 While most recent fiction has been more mindful of its porous border with film, the novels of Marilynne Robinson have reclaimed ground on other fronts, fiction’s borders with poetry and the reflective or lyrical essay.  The four books are both freestanding and highly interrelated.  Gilead, Home, and Lila share key protagonists and events, and the latest of these, Lila, pairs well in both style and theme with Robinson’s first novel, Housekeeping.  Read together, the four imply a larger vision out of which each seems to be cut.  This is surely a sacral vision, but made of the same facts and materials with which another writer might have built a worldly or even a cynical one.  Robinson has given the world a hard-headed, convincing portrayal of the life of the spirit in a secular civilization.

 



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