Introduction: Problems of Community in the Scottish Novel

Timothy C. Baker

in George Mackay Brown and the Philosophy of Community

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638123
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651788 | DOI:
Introduction: Problems of Community in the Scottish Novel

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This introductory chapter discusses George Mackay Brown, who is known for his observational writing. It looks at his involvement with the problems of community, which is best seen in his prose works. It then studies the centrality of community in Scottish literature and the community in Scottish fiction in the next section. It also looks at the crisis of foundationalism and studies how Brown's work presents an understanding of community predicated on intentionality but also includes anti-foundationalist perspectives.

Keywords: George Mackay Brown; observational writing; problems of community; prose works; Scottish literature; community; Scottish fiction; foundationalism; anti-foundationalist perspectives

Chapter.  11917 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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