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The Making of Orcadia

Narrative Identity in the Prose Work of George Mackay Brown

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Berthold J. Schoene

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.
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