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To Dwell in Grace: Physical and Spiritual Situatedness in Marilynne Robinson’s Lila

English Department, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306, USA
Humanities 2019, 8(4), 163; https://doi.org/10.3390/h8040163
Received: 20 August 2019 / Revised: 2 October 2019 / Accepted: 9 October 2019 / Published: 16 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Theology of Marilynne Robinson in a Postsecular Age)
This article explores Marilynne Robinson’s use of space in her 2014 novel Lila to illustrate a dynamic relationship between the religious and the secular. The titular character’s movement among a variety of physical spaces raises questions about the possibility of “dwelling” in the sense of belonging to a place or community. Characters’ earthly situatedness points to larger questions of spiritual situatedness and identity. Robinson’s novel is posited as a valuable point of reference for postsecular studies, a critical perspective through which the role of the religious in literary studies is being redefined. View Full-Text
Keywords: religion; literature; postsecular; liminality; space; dwelling religion; literature; postsecular; liminality; space; dwelling
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Ludwig, K. To Dwell in Grace: Physical and Spiritual Situatedness in Marilynne Robinson’s Lila. Humanities 2019, 8, 163.

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