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Community and the Self

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/9780748638123.003.0005
Community and the Self

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This chapter discusses Brown's nonfiction prose. It tries to explain how Brown's own analyses of his life and fiction both differ from and confirm previous findings. It looks at the sense of community as a geographico-historical rootedness, and then considers the idea of the community, which has become a dominant strand of modern philosophical thought. It notes that the parallels between Nancy, Blanchot and Georges Bataille's complex views of community and that of Brown explain Brown's focus on individual death.

Keywords: nonfiction prose; sense of community; rootedness; modern philosophical thought; individual death

Chapter.  10387 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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