George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination

George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination

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This lively new study is the very first book to offer an absorbing history of the uncharted territory that is Scottish Catholic fiction. For Scottish Catholic writers of the twentieth century, faith was the key influence on both their artistic process and creative vision.

By focusing on one of the best known of Scotland's literary converts, George Mackay Brown, this book explores both the Scottish Catholic modernist movement of the twentieth century and the particularities of Brown's writing which have been routinely overlooked by previous studies. The book provides sustained and illuminating close readings of key texts in Brown's corpus and includes detailed comparisons between Brown's writing and an established canon of Catholic writers, including Graham Greene, Muriel Spark, and Flannery O'Connor.

This timely book reveals that Brown's Catholic imagination extended far beyond the 'small green world' of Orkney and ultimately embraced a universal human experience.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 15.24mm | 362.87g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 12 B/W illustrations
  • 1474411657
  • 9781474411653

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"Bicket mounts a persuasive, well-researched, and elegant argument for the centrality of Brown's faith to his writing. 'George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination' will undoubtedly reshape many readers' perceptions of Brown, and is a milestone in the critical reception of his work. Just as importantly, however, it suggests new directions for the study of modern Scottish literature... it is a refreshingly original analysis, and deserves to be read by a wide audience." -- Scottish Literary Review, Timothy C. Baker, University of Aberdeen
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About Linden Bicket

Linden Bicket is a Teaching Fellow in the School of Divinity in New College, at the University of Edinburgh.
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