Marilynne Robinson’s new book of essays “When I Was a Child I Read Books” is coming out this spring. Here’s Robinson recently in the New York Times discussing the bible’s influence on literature (thanks to Jason Goroncy for pointing this out). A snippet:
In the moment Christ’s grandeur is revealed, his identity is conflated with those most profoundly in need. So Faulkner’s Benjy and every Benjy in the world is in fact Christ, not metaphorically but metaphysically. Dilsey, in assuming her endless burden of care for him, has fed and clothed Christ himself, and she has been Christ in her care of him. She must have known this all along — the text is not obscure — but a good sermon changes even known truth into profound realization.