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The Fictive Community: <i>Greenvoe</i>

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638123.003.0002
The Fictive Community: Greenvoe

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This chapter discusses George Mackay Brown's Greenvoe, which is his first and most famous novel. It is often read as a redemptive parable, and the discussion considers the novel along with Jean-Luc Nancy's concept of the inoperative community and Maurice Blanchot's idea of the unavowable community. It reveals that the novel is far more complex than has been usually recognised, and that it can be read as the initial stage of Brown's discussion of community.

Keywords: George Mackay Brown; Greenvoe; redemptive parable; inoperative community; unavowable community

Chapter.  14090 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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