Dr Rhona Brown
- Senior Lecturer (Scottish Literature)
- Eighteenth-century Scottish literature
- The eighteenth-century Scottish periodical press
- Scottish club culture in the eighteenth century
- Eighteenth-century Scottish literary networks
- Scottish Romanticism
- Allan Ramsay
- Robert Fergusson
- James Beattie
- Robert Burns
Rhona Brown is a graduate of Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. Her doctoral thesis (GU, 2004) re-contextualised the work of eighteenth-century Edinburgh poet, Robert Fergusson.
Rhona joined Scottish Literature as a lecturer in 2006. Her teaching focuses on Scottish literature from the medieval period to the late eighteenth century and beyond, and she is Head of the Scottish Literature Subject Area. She currently serves as a General Editor on Brill/Rodopi's Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature (SCROLL) series and was, until 2013, 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), 'Representing Ayrshire: John Galt and His Successors' (ASLS/AFHS, 2013) and recently co-convened the first World Congress of Scottish Literatures (GU, 2014). She has been heavily involved in establishing a new International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures, in which she holds the position of Secretary. Rhona is also convener of the Research Sub-Group of Burns Scotland, a nationally recognised collection of Burns material which involves representatives from the libraries, museums, galleries and local authorities which hold Burns manuscripts, artefacts and objects.
Her first monograph, Robert Fergusson and the Scottish Periodical Press (Ashgate), 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. In 2015, she published a co-edited (with Alex Benchimol and David Shuttleton) collection of essays entitled Before Blackwood's: Scottish Journalism in the Age of Enlightenment (Pickering & Chatto). She has published journal articles and book chapters on James Currie, James Hogg, Laurence Sterne, James Tytler, Allan Ramsay and Robert Burns. She has recently completed several articles on the Cape Club, an eighteenth-century Edinburgh gentleman's club, and has worked on the reception of John Wilkes in contemporary Scottish periodicals. 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 depiction of Corsican politics in the Scottish press of the 1760s and 1770s and the radical Scottish newspapers and journals of the 1790s. She is Co-Investigator on two major, AHRC-funded editing projects - Editing Robert Burns for the Twenty-First Century: Poetry and Correspondence (PI Gerard Carruthers) and The Edinburgh Allan Ramsay (PI Murray Pittock). These projects will provide new, full scholarly editions of the work of both Burns and Ramsay; Rhona will co-edit the Correspondence of Burns, and will edit Ramsay's Poetry and Prose.
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, the work of Edwin Morgan and Liz Lochhead, Robert Burns and his contemporaries 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.
- Head of Subject Area, Scottish Literature
- Deputy Dean of Graduate Studies, College of Arts
- Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
- External Examiner, University of the Highlands and Islands
- Convener of Burns Scotland's Research Sub-Group
- General Editor, Rodopi/Brill's Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature (SCROLL) series
- Reviews Editor, Scottish Literary Review (2008-2013)
- Secretary, International Association of Scottish Literatures (2014-16)
- Council Member, Association of Scottish Literary Studies