Keeping the Sources Pure: The Making of George MacKay Brown Sabine Schmid

ISBN: 9780820462813

Published: January 1st 2003

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310 pages


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Keeping the Sources Pure: The Making of George MacKay Brown  by  Sabine Schmid

Keeping the Sources Pure: The Making of George MacKay Brown by Sabine Schmid
January 1st 2003 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 310 pages | ISBN: 9780820462813 | 8.22 Mb

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Wien. This volume assesses the literary stature of George Mackay Brown by contextualising his prose and his poetry within twentieth-century British and European literary practices andMoreOxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Wien. This volume assesses the literary stature of George Mackay Brown by contextualising his prose and his poetry within twentieth-century British and European literary practices and traditions of thought.

Challenging the typecasting of Brown as Orkney writer, the book links him with European Modernism and reveals the complex web of experiences, influences and relationships that shaped Browns poetic development. This comparative study argues that Edwin Muir, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Thomas Mann analysed remarkably similar cultural and spiritual phenomena, inspiring Browns own work. Muir travelled back into what he called the racial memory of the tribe.

Hopkins aimed for a revival of religious values and the recovery of the sacramental power of the word. Thomas Mann felt that man must discover and put into practice a new humanism which would embrace the mythic-archetypal structure of the unconscious and mans individual consciousness. All four writers attempted to get back to the roots and sources by probing the ways in which individuals and society as a whole gain a better understanding of and a more meaningful relationship with their pasts.

This book chronicles George Mackay Browns personal and artistic journey, from his early reporting days on an Orkney newspaper, through spells in hospital recovering from tuberculosis, to his friendship with Edwin Muir and growing confidence in his own vision. Contents: Browns Orkney background - Brown and Scottish literature - Brown and European literature - Brown and Modernism - Browns and Edwin Muirs personal and literary relationship - Skaldic influences - Influence of GerardManley Hopkins on Browns spiritual vision and approach to poetry and the word - The search for wholeness - Brown and Catholicism - Hopkins idea of inscape and Brown - Sacramental art - Browns interest in Thomas Mann - Modern literature and the ordinary - Bertolt Brechts influence on Brown.



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