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George Mackay Brown and the Philosophy of Community$
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Timothy C Baker

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638123

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638123.001.0001

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Introduction: Problems of Community in the Scottish Novel

Introduction: Problems of Community in the Scottish Novel

(p.1) Introduction: Problems of Community in the Scottish Novel
George Mackay Brown and the Philosophy of Community

Timothy C. Baker

Edinburgh University Press

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

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