The Making of Orcadia: Narrative Identity in the Prose Work of George Mackay Brown

The Making of Orcadia: Narrative Identity in the Prose Work of George Mackay Brown

by Berthold Schoene
     
 

ISBN-10: 3631487703

ISBN-13: 9783631487709

Pub. Date: 07/01/1995

Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated

The gradual establishment of George Mackay Brown as Orkney's literary spokesman over the last four decades has instigated a revival of the Orcadian tradition in literature. In light of Paul Ricoeur's concept of narrative identity this study explores the correlations between Brown's work and the construction and maintenance of a distinct Orkney identity. It posits

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Overview

The gradual establishment of George Mackay Brown as Orkney's literary spokesman over the last four decades has instigated a revival of the Orcadian tradition in literature. In light of Paul Ricoeur's concept of narrative identity this study explores the correlations between Brown's work and the construction and maintenance of a distinct Orkney identity. It posits that communal identity derives from dynamic narrative processes merging fact and fiction into a story that is generally accepted as authentic in spite of its essentially mythic nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783631487709
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/1995
Series:
Anglo-American Studies Series
Pages:
296

Table of Contents

Contents: The Poetics of Historiography - Orkney's Historical Tradition - Brown's Exploration of Historical Continuity - The Poetics of Myth-Making - Brown's Construction of the Community Myth - The Poetics of Faith - Brown as Storyteller and the Limits of Narrative

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