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Literature and Learning in Marilynne Robinson’s Novel Gilead

Authors
  • Hricková, Mária
Type
Published Article
Journal
Prague Journal of English Studies
Publisher
Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Publication Date
Jul 22, 2017
Volume
6
Issue
1
Pages
57–77
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/pjes-2017-0004
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Literature and learning play an important role in Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gilead (2004). By focusing on the author’s many references to books, literature and learning, the present paper attempts to study their individual contextual occurrences and explores how they saturate the discursive substratum of the novel’s major themes. The paper claims that a special role attributed to books and learning, and particularly to the Greek New Testament, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine and The Essence of Christianity, sheds significant light on the philosophical and spiritual aspects of the meaning of life, one of the novel’s central concerns.

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