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George Mackay Brown and the Philosophy of Community

Timothy C Baker


George Mackay Brown and the Philosophy of Community offers a bold reinterpretation of the works of a seminal Scottish author and suggests new possibilities for the study of national literatures. Drawing on philosophy, sociology, politics, and religion as well as modern trends in literary theory, this book not only argues for Brown's continued importance, but also details a new model of the relationship between literature and community. Timothy C. Baker demonstrates that a community-based discussion of literature enriches any consideration of literary depictions of modern identity.

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Introduction: Problems of Community in the Scottish Novel
1: The Fictive Community: Greenvoe
2: Sainthood-towards-death: Magnus
3: The Individual Community and the Community of Individuals
4: Community and the Self
Conclusion: Scotland, Utopia, and the Future of Community
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About the Author

Timothy C. Baker is a Lecturer in Scottish Literature at the University of Aberdeen. He has published widely on contemporary Scottish and American writing


Baker's philosophical and sociologically informed criticism is refreshing and timely... Baker's study is a real contribution to Brown criticism which is long overdue.
- J. Linden Bicket, Scottish Literary Review