Professor Ian Brown


Qualifications:

  • MA(Hons) Edinburgh; MLitt (Edinburgh) ; PhD (Alsager); Dip Ed (Edinburgh); PGCE (Moray House); FRSA

Research interests:

  • Drama: Dramaturgy; Producing; Policy; History of theatre
  • Cultural Management and Policy
  • Cultural History
  • Scottish Literature
  • Original playwriting and poetry

Current research activity:

  • Issues of cultural and national identity
  • History, mythology and ideology
  • New writing for the stage
  • Media and performance in small nations
  • Series editor for Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature (Edinburgh University Press: twenty-five volumes, forthcoming)

Selected publications:

  • Brown, I. (2007) The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature, 3 vols. (Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh [General Editor with co-editors, Thomas Owen Clancy, Susan Manning and Murray Pittock])
  • Brown, I. (2006) Changing Identities Ancient Roots: the history of West Dunbartonshire from earliest times (Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh [Editor])
  • Brown, I. (2004) Journey’s beginning: the Gateway Theatre building and company, 1884-1965 (Intellect Press: Bristol [Editor])
  • Brown, I. (2001)_Kulturniy Turizm: Konvergentsiya Kultury i Turizma na Poroge XXI veka_, [Cultural Tourism: the convergence of culture and tourism at the start of the 21st century], (with V. Andersen and V. Gordin) (St Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance: St Petersburg [editor])
  • Brown, I. (1999), Antologija Suvremene Škotske Drame [An anthology of contemporary Scottish drama], (trans. Horvat, K.) (Hrvatski centar ITI-UNESCO: Zagreb [editor])

Selected book chapters:

  • Brown, I. (2007) ‘Alternative Sensibilities: Devolutionary Comedy and Scottish Camp’ in Berthold Schoene (ed), The Edinburgh Companion To Contemporary Scottish Literature (Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh), pp.319-327
  • Brown, I. (2007) ‘Scottish Literature: Criticism and the Canon’ (with Thomas Clancy, Susan Manning and Murray Pittock) in Ian Brown, Thomas Clancy, Susan Manning and Murray Pittock (eds.), The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature (Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh), vol. 1, pp. 3-15
  • Brown, I. (2007) ‘The Border crossers and reconfiguration of the possible: poet-playwright-novelists from the mid twentieth century on’ (with Colin Nicholson) in Ian Brown, Thomas Clancy, Susan Manning and Murray Pittock (eds.), The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature (Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh), vol. 3, pp. 262-272
  • Brown, I. (2007) ‘Staging the Nation: multiplicity and cultural diversity in contemporary Scottish theatre’ in Ian Brown, Thomas Clancy, Susan Manning and Murray Pittock (eds.), The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature (Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh), vol. 3, pp. 283-294
  • Brown, I. (2005) ‘The centripetal centrifuge: decentralisation, crossing genre boundaries and theatre in Scottish culture’, in Jean-Paul Simard and Danièle Berton (eds.). Expression contemporaine et représentations(s) dans le theatre anglophone (Coups de Théâtre no. 20), pp. 131-140
  • Brown, I. (2005) 'Celtic Centres, the Fringes and John McGrath’, in David Bradby and Susanna Capon (eds.), Freedom’s Pioneer: John McGrath’s Work in Theatre, Film and Television (University of Exeter Press: Exeter), pp 86-99
  • Brown, I. (2005) 'Bursting through the hoop and dancing on the edge of the seediness: five Scottish playwrights talk about John McGrath’ in David Bradby and Susanna Capon (eds.), Freedom’s Pioneer: John McGrath’s Work in Theatre, Film and Television (University of Exeter Press: Exeter), pp 100-112

Selected refereed articles:

  • Brown, I. (2007) ‘Penguins and Flowers: failure of nerve, cultural complexity and tartanry’, Scottish Studies Review, Volume 8, no 2 (Autumn, 2007)
  • Brown, I. (2007) ‘The Scots leid in modren Scots drama: “World Drama” an “our national peculiarities”’, Lallans, No 70 (Ware 2007), pp.33-44
  • Brown, I. (2007) ‘The road through Woodstock: counter-Thatcherite strategies in ACGB’s drama development between 1984 and 1994’, Contemporary Theatre Review, Volume 17(2), 2007, pp. 218-229
  • Brown, I. (2005) ‘A flower among the penguins: Self-confident tartanry and the escape from inferiorist mindsets’, _Représentations (Numéro inaugural- September 2005) Centre d’Etudes sur les Modes de la Représentation Anglophone:http://www.u-grenoble3.fr/representations
  • Brown, I. (2005) ‘In exile from ourselves?: Tartanry, Scottish popular theatre, Harry Lauder and Tartan Day’, Études Écossaises, Numéro 10, pp 123-141

Examples of recent consultancy:

  • (2007- ) Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Visiting Professor), Department of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow
  • (2007.) Chair, Dràma na h-Alba, International Theatre Festival, Inverness, October
  • (2007.) ‘What’s rural about culture?’, Inverness: UHI Policy Web (for Highland Council, the Scottish Arts Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise)
  • (2006.) Business Plan for Heart of Hawick, heritage and arts-led urban regeneration project, for Scottish Borders Council and Scottish Enterprise
  • (2005- ) Chair, Highlands and Islands Theatre Network