George Mackay Brown and the Philosophy of Community


George Mackay Brown has long been recognized as one of the most original and important Scottish writers of the twentieth century. This book is the first comprehensive account of Brown's work from a philosophical perspective and offers a radical new approach to the study of Scottish literature. The importance of local community in the work of Scottish novelists has often been noted, but few critics have addressed the relation of this concept to current philosophical and sociological models of community. Timothy C. Baker uses Brown's work as a primary case study to demonstrate the dominance of the relationship between the individual and community in Scottish fiction. Baker traces the development of Brown's writing through contemporary studies of community, respecting both continental and Anglo-American traditions. He argues that Brown's importance is not only confined within a Scottish literary tradition but also extends to larger thinking on community. In addition, he suggests that community, as opposed to nation and region, is a productive route of analysis in modern literature. Combining close readings with theoretical elaborations, and including a broad national and historical overview, Baker offers a new perspective on both Brown's work and contemporary national literatures.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Edinburgh
Publication year:
  • 2009


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