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Linden Bicket, George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination

Linden Bicket, George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination Scottish Church History 48.2 (2019): 191–201 © Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/sch Reviews Linden Bicket, George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017. 208 pp. £70 hardback. ISBN: 9781474411653. In this book about Orcadian writer George Mackay Brown (1921–96), Linden Bicket achieves three things. Firstly, she introduces the reader to the idea of the Catholic imagination. Secondly, she uses this notion as the key to understanding the work of Brown (who converted to Catholicism in 1961), which creatively explored the ‘foldings’ of the supernatural and the natural (and social) worlds into each other before Vatican II made it fashionable. Finally, Bicket alerts the reader to the prospect of future studies of Catholic writers from the central belt and elsewhere not being read according to a literary criticism mired in secularism and modernism. While much of the book’s five chapters critically analyse Brown’s literary output, the opening chapter outlines the notion of the Catholic imagination drawing on theologian David Tracy and sociologist Andrew Greeley. While the range of Catholic fiction comprises a vast spectrum of writers, the working assumption is that each writer shares the conviction that the world of myth or nature, or the mundane http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scottish Church History Edinburgh University Press

Linden Bicket, George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination

Scottish Church History , Volume 48 (2): 2 – Oct 1, 2019

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Scottish Church History 48.2 (2019): 191–201 © Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/sch Reviews Linden Bicket, George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017. 208 pp. £70 hardback. ISBN: 9781474411653. In this book about Orcadian writer George Mackay Brown (1921–96), Linden Bicket achieves three things. Firstly, she introduces the reader to the idea of the Catholic imagination. Secondly, she uses this notion as the key to understanding the work of Brown (who converted to Catholicism in 1961), which creatively explored the ‘foldings’ of the supernatural and the natural (and social) worlds into each other before Vatican II made it fashionable. Finally, Bicket alerts the reader to the prospect of future studies of Catholic writers from the central belt and elsewhere not being read according to a literary criticism mired in secularism and modernism. While much of the book’s five chapters critically analyse Brown’s literary output, the opening chapter outlines the notion of the Catholic imagination drawing on theologian David Tracy and sociologist Andrew Greeley. While the range of Catholic fiction comprises a vast spectrum of writers, the working assumption is that each writer shares the conviction that the world of myth or nature, or the mundane

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Published: Oct 1, 2019

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