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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 Individual Community and the Community of Individuals

The Individual Community and the Community of Individuals

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(p.94) Chapter 3 The Individual Community and the Community of Individuals
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George Mackay Brown and the Philosophy of Community
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Timothy C. Baker

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638123.003.0004

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

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