- Lecturer (Scottish Literature)
- Eighteenth-century Scottish literature
- Scottish Romanticism
- The eighteenth-century Scottish periodical press
- Scottish club culture in the eighteenth century
- Eighteenth-century Scottish literary networks
- Allan Ramsay
- Robert Fergusson
- James Beattie
- Robert Burns
- Scottish Literature Postgraduate Convener
- Scottish Literature Level 2 Convener
- Scottish Literature Staff-Student Liaison Committee Convener
- Member of the Scottish Literature Honours Progress Committee
- Member of the College of Arts Library Committee
- Member of the School of Critical Studies Postgraduate Committee
- General Editor of the Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature series (Rodopi)
- Reviews Editor, Scottish Literary Review
Rhona Brown is a graduate of Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. Her doctoral thesis explored the work of eighteenth-century Edinburgh poet, Robert Fergusson, and is entitled ‘For what use was I made, I wonder?’: The Construction and Revision of Robert Fergusson in his Cultural Context.
Rhona joined Scottish Literature as a lecturer in 2006, where her teaching focuses on Scottish literature from the medieval period to the late eighteenth century. In 2007, she was made General Editor on Rodopi’s SCROLL (Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature) series, and in 2008 became Reviews Editor for Scottish Literary Review. She has organised many conferences: amongst others, she was co-organiser of 'Before Blackwood's: Scottish Journalism in the Age of Enlightenment' (GU, 2010), and is currently involved in organising the first World Congress of Scottish Literatures, to be held at the University of Glasgow in 2014.
Her first monograph, Robert Fergusson and the Scottish Periodical Press, was published in 2012, and in 2011-12 she edited two newly-discovered works by eighteenth-century Scottish authors: James Beattie's Grotesquiad and a lost poem on the life of an Edinburgh gentlemen's club by Robert Fergusson. She has published work on James Currie, James Hogg, Laurence Sterne, James Tytler, Allan Ramsay and Robert Burns. Rhona continues to research eighteenth-century Scottish authors' relationship with the periodical press and club culture, as well as eighteenth-century Scottish poetry more generally. She is currently researching the contemporary reception of John Wilkes in the Scottish periodical press, and is working on a study of Edinburgh gentlemen's clubs and societies in the 1700s.
Rhona has supervised MPhil and doctoral research on the work of Allan Ramsay and James Thomson, Thomas Carlyle, nineteenth-century Scottish women’s poetry, Ulster-Scots poetry and studies of publisher and book history. She would be available to supervise postgraduate research on the wide range of eighteenth-century Scottish poetry, its relationship with politics, the Scottish periodical press and Scottish literary networks in the long eighteenth century.