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Ian Blyth


  • United Kingdom

  • 3 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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Research expertise

Avant-garde fiction, especially Virginia Woolf, Ali Smith and Hélène Cixous; philosophy and literature; science and science fiction; nature writing; psychogeography and writing about ‘place’; modern and contemporary poetry; digital media.

Ian’s research interests are primarily in twentieth-century and contemporary literature. He is currently working on the A9 Project, which is an exploration of the psychogeography of Scotland’s longest trunk road; and Modernist NN, an experiment in training a laptop-based artificial neural network to write modernist flash fiction. He is also interested in the representations of AI and animal/corvid intelligence in SF and fantasy.

Ian would be keen to hear from students wishing to undertake postgraduate research in any of the above fields. He joined the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2013, is a graduate of the University of St Andrews, has held various teaching and research posts there before coming to UHI; he has also worked at the universities of Dundee and Hull.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of St Andrews

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Master of Arts, University of St Andrews

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998

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Research Output

Orlando: A Biography

Woolf, V., Raitt, S. (ed.) & Blyth, I. (ed.), Jun 2018, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 773 p.

Research output: Book/ReportScholarly edition

  • The Twa Corbies – some thoughts on ravens in Scottish culture

    Blyth, I., 16 Jan 2014

    Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

    What a lark! What a plunge! Woooooooo-hooooooo what a fall what a soar what a plummet what a dash: Virginia Woolf and Ali Smith

    Blyth, I., 1 Feb 2014, Bloomsbury Influences: Papers from the Bloomsbury Adaptations Conference, Bath Spa University, 5-6 May 2011. Wright, E. H. (ed.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 46-55 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Simile and Similarity in Ali Smith’s Like

    Blyth, I., 18 Jul 2013, Ali Smith (Contemporary Critical Perspectives). Germanà, M. & Horton, E. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 23-34 12 p. ch2

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Woolf and the culture of letter-writing and diary-keeping

    Blyth, I., Feb 2013, Virginia Woolf in Context. Goldman, J. & Randall, B. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 353-61 9 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Do Not Feed the Birds: Night and Day and the Defence of the Realm Act

    Blyth, I., 1 Jun 2012, Contradictory Woolf: Selected Papers from the Twenty-first Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ryan, D. & Bolaki, S. (eds.). Clemson: Clemson University Press, p. 278-84 7 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution