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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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The Fictive Community: Greenvoe

The Fictive Community: Greenvoe

(p.28) Chapter 1 The Fictive Community: Greenvoe
George Mackay Brown and the Philosophy of Community

Timothy C. Baker

Edinburgh University Press

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

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