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George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination$
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Linden Bicket

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474411653

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411653.001.0001

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(p.79) Chapter 3 Mary
George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination

Linden Bicket

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter investigates Brown’s engagement with Mariology in three ways. First, the chapter discusses Brown’s creative use of the Virgin Mary’s various iconographical depictions and cults, in order to restore her image to Orkney’s landscape. The chapter examines Brown’s ‘apocryphal’ texts, which reveal that he was more politically-engaged than is often thought. Last, this chapter provides a new reading of enculturation in Time in a Red Coat (1984), the novel that represents the high point of Brown’s Marian corpus.

Keywords:   Mariology, Virgin Mary, Apocrypha, Enculturation, Orkney

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