Royal S. Brown (European Languages and Literature) is a member of the Ph.D. Program in French at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He received a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
He is the author of Overtones and Undertones: Reading Film Music (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1994) and Focus on Godard (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1972). His is currently working on Images of Images: The Modern and Postmodern Mythologies of Narrative Cinema, and a screenplay, The Black Maskers, based on the Andreyev play.
Among his major articles and essays are “Ein neue musikalische Form schaffen. Bernard Herrmann und der Hollywood- Filmscore.” Trans. Petra Metelko. Film und Musik, ed. Regina Schlagnitweit and Gottfried Schlemmer (Vienna: Synema, 2001), pp. 85-98; “Death as an Altered State: Jean Cocteau’s Orphic Trilogy.” The Perfect Vision 32 (September/October 2000), 115-19; “Sound Music in the Films of Alain Robbe-Grillet.” Cinesonic: The World of Sound in Film, ed. Philip Brophy (North Ryde, Australia: Australian Film Radio Television School, 1999), pp. 189-209; “Back from Among the Dead: The Restoration of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.” Cineaste 23, no. 1 (Summer 1997), 4-9; “Serialism in Robbe-Grillet’s l’Eden et aprèès: The Narrative and Its Doubles.” Literature/Film Quarterly 18, no. 4 (1990), 210-20; “Vertigo as Orphic Tragedy.” Literature/Film Quarterly, 14, no. 1 (January 1986), 32-43; rpt. in David Boyd, ed. Perspectives on Hitchcock. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1995, pp. 112-127.
Professor Brown is a member of the Editorial Board of Literature/Film Quarterly and has made numerous appearances on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.”