The Individual Community and the Community of Individuals

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:
The Individual Community and the Community of Individuals

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This chapter examines the relationship between history, storytelling, and community as it is presented in some of Brown's later novels: Beside the Ocean of Time, Vinland, The Golden Bird and Time in a Red Coat. It shows that in each of these novels, Brown continuously points to the unified community as important to the establishment of the individual self. However, the chapter determines that a unified community is both problematic and impossible.

Keywords: unified community; individual self; history; storytelling; later novels

Chapter.  14883 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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