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A Political Companion to Marilynne Robinson

edited by Shannon L. Mariotti and Joseph H. Lane Jr.

Availablecloth$60.00x 978-0-8131-6776-3
Political Companions to Great American Authors
328 pages  Pubdate: 11/08/2016  6 x 9  

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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.

Shannon L. Mariotti, associate professor of political science at Southwestern University, is the author of Thoreau’s Democratic Withdrawal: Alienation, Participation, and Modernity and Adorno and Democracy: The American Years.

Joseph H. Lane Jr. is the Hawthorne Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics at Emory & Henry College, where he also directs the college Honors Program. He is a coauthor of The Deconstitutionalization of America and coeditor of Engaging Nature: Environmentalism and the Political Theory Canon.

A well-crafted anthology of probing commentary on the work of Marilynne Robinson, this book illuminates her texts and deeply informs readers, while it also stimulates debate about Robinson’s political theory as it relates to American democracy and to her resolute call to take seriously the inner life of the mind. -- Richard Crouter, author of Reinhold Niebuhr: On Politics, Religion, and Christian Faith

The authors have thoroughly absorbed the relevant Robinson scholarship. The arguments made are distinctive and deeply grounded in Robinson’s texts. -- Thomas Gardner, Alumni Distinguished Professor of English, Virginia Tech