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Conclusion: John Calvin at “Home” in American Culture

Thomas J. Davis

in John Calvin's American Legacy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195390971
eISBN:
9780199777099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390971.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Church History

This conclusion focuses on the published writings of Pulitzer-Prize winner Marilynne Robinson, who, in her works of nonfiction and fiction, has engaged the negative stereotypes that are often ... More


Enlarging Loneliness: Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping

Thomas Gardner

in A Door Ajar: Contemporary Writers and Emily Dickinson

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195174939
eISBN:
9780199850945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174939.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter focuses on Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping. Housekeeping is meant as a sort of demonstration of the intellectual culture of Robinson's childhood. In this novel, its narrator Ruth, left ... More


Reclaiming the Sacred Commons

John Gatta

in Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and the Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195165050
eISBN:
9780199835140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195165055.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

Wendell Berry’s creative nonfiction has been chiefly inspired by the author’s longstanding relation to his home place in Kentucky. It embodies his religious conviction that land should be understood ... More


Quiet in time and narrative

Rachel Sykes

in The Quiet Contemporary American Novel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781526108876
eISBN:
9781526132444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526108876.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses the subjective depictions of temporality portrayed in the fiction of Marilynne Robinson and Paul Harding. Examining the discrepancy between the prize-winning success of quiet ... More


Interview With Marilynne Robinson

Thomas Gardner

in A Door Ajar: Contemporary Writers and Emily Dickinson

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195174939
eISBN:
9780199850945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174939.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter presents an interview with Marilynne Robinson where she discusses the main theme that runs throughout her book Housekeeping. What Robinson does in this interview is dramatically expand ... More


The Religion of Style

David James

in Discrepant Solace: Contemporary Literature and the Work of Consolation

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780198789758
eISBN:
9780191831447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198789758.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 4 brings together two strikingly different novels that exhibit comparable modes of proleptic mourning: Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead (2004) and J. M. Coetzee’s Age of Iron (1990). Their plots ... More


Living with Niebuhr’s Legacy

Richard Crouter

in Reinhold Niebuhr: On Politics, Religion, and Christian Faith

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195379679
eISBN:
9780199869169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379679.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book’s final chapter inquires into the consequences of living in the light of Niebuhr’s complex teaching. The illusions of naive optimism reign today just as in his lifetime. Niebuhr’s legacy of ... More


Introduction

Thomas Gardner

in A Door Ajar: Contemporary Writers and Emily Dickinson

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195174939
eISBN:
9780199850945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174939.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This book investigates the poetic influence of Emily Dickinson to a significant number of contemporary writers, who in their own terms, are enacting Dickinson's poetics of “broken responsiveness.” It ... More


Christian Multiculturalism and Unlearned History in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead

Christopher Douglas

in If God Meant to Interfere: American Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501702112
eISBN:
9781501703539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702112.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on Marilynne Robinson's Gilead— a long letter by the elderly Congregationalist minister John Ames to his young son, in anticipation of Ames' upcoming death and the fact that his ... More


No Balm in Gilead

Janice Rogers Brown

in American Guy: Masculinity in American Law and Literature

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199331376
eISBN:
9780199394258
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331376.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, World Literature

Ideas of manliness have changed dramatically over time. As Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and Mark Helprin’s In Sunlight and in Shadow illustrate, manliness can be a web of virtue whose contours remain ... More


Literary kinships: Euro-American orphans, gender, genre, and cultural memory

Maria Holmgren Troy, Elizabeth Kella, and Helena Wahlström

in Making home: Orphanhood, kinship and cultural memory in contemporary American novels

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719089596
eISBN:
9781781707289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089596.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines contemporary novels featuring white orphans that engage intertextually with the Euro-American canon, claiming a type of literary kinship, at the same time as they draw upon a ... More


Prodigal Ministers in Fiction

Alison M. Jack

in The Prodigal Son in English and American Literature: Five Hundred Years of Literary Homecomings

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198817291
eISBN:
9780191858819
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198817291.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

In three novels focused on the lives of ordained ministers, J. G. Lockhart’s Adam Blair, James Robertson’s The Testament of Gideon Mack, and Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, the meaning of home and the ... More


South Africa, Time or Place?

Andrew van der Vlies

in Present Imperfect: Contemporary South African Writing

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780198793762
eISBN:
9780191835551
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198793762.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, World Literature

South African-born, Scottish-resident author Zoë Wicomb is a key postapartheid literary figure; her oeuvre complicates assumptions about locatedness, ethnicity, and cosmopolitanism. This chapter ... More


Conflicting Visions

Michael Ruse

in Darwinism as Religion: What Literature Tells Us about Evolution

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190241025
eISBN:
9780190241056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241025.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The terrible events of 9/11 brought a keener and more bitter divide between Darwinians and Christians. English novelist Ian McEwan in his Enduring Love and Saturday argues for a Darwinian vision, ... More


Afterword

John Gatta

in Spirits of Place in American Literary Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780190646547
eISBN:
9780190646578
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190646547.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

In literature as well as life, the idea of home or homecoming is pivotal—a token, ultimately, of humanity’s insatiable longing for things enduring and ultimate. Home’s primal sense is embedded in ... More


Thomas Pynchon’s Prophecy

Christopher Douglas

in If God Meant to Interfere: American Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501702112
eISBN:
9781501703539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702112.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter reiterates that the literary history discussed in the previous four chapters accounts for the way in which the rise of the Christian Right coincided with the emergence of ... More


Houses of the Spirit

John Gatta

in Spirits of Place in American Literary Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780190646547
eISBN:
9780190646578
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190646547.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

Domiciles ordinarily represent the first space that humans occupy, structures through which they begin to realize their own being and relation to the larger world. It is also in and through houses ... More


Sacred Sites and Geographies

John Gatta

in Spirits of Place in American Literary Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780190646547
eISBN:
9780190646578
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190646547.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter’s reflection on an array of sacred sites and geographies opens with commentary on spatially rooted orientations of the genius loci as variously represented in texts by Marilynne ... More


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