Ruth Bush joined Westminster in March 2013 as Research Fellow in French and Francophone Studies. She is also currently employed at the George Padmore Institute in north London, where she is researching and writing the early history of New Beacon Books.
Ruth completed her doctoral research on francophone African literature at Wolfson College, Oxford. She has a BA in English and French (Oxford) and an MSc in Literature and Transatlanticism (Edinburgh).
Before pursuing postgraduate research, Ruth worked for publishing houses in France and Argentina.
I am currently completing a book manuscript based on my doctoral thesis. This project uses material from publishers' archives to examine the assembling of African literature in France in the period 1945-1967. I also work part-time at the George Padmore Institute in north London, where I am researching and writing the early history of New Beacon Books, the UK's first radical black bookshop and publishing house.
This is a selection of publications, more can be found on WestminsterResearch, our online research repository.
Bush, Ruth (2014) Editorial craft and francophone African literature: the case of Malick Fall. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 49 (3). pp. 299-314. ISSN 0021-9894
Bush, Ruth and Ducournau, Claire (2014) Prizing francophone African literature. In: The book in Africa: critical debates. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. (In Press)
Bush, Ruth (2013) Publishing francophone African literature in translation: towards a relational account of postcolonial book history. In: Intimate enemies: translation in Francophone contexts. Francophone Postcolonial Studies (4). Liverpool University Press, Liverpool. ISBN 9781846318672
Bush, Ruth (2013) Book review: Vivan Steemers, Le (néo)colonialisme littéraire: quatre romans face à l’institution littéraire parisienne (1950–1970). Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 4 (2). p. 24. ISSN 2044-4109
Bush, Ruth (2013) Book review: Perceiving pain in African literature, by Zoe Norridge. LUCAS Bulletin, 75.
Bush, Ruth (2013) African literature in French and the Heinemann African writers series: towards a relational account of postcolonial book history. In: Intimate enemies: translation in francophone contexts. Liverpool University Press. ISBN 9781846318672
Bush, Ruth (2012) Le Monde s’effondre? Translating anglophone African literature in the world republic of letters. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 48 (5). pp. 512-525. ISSN 1744-9855
Bush, Ruth (2011) Lancer, aujourd’hui, c’est créer l’événement’: exoticism, engagement, and post-war publishing strategy. Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 2 (1). pp. 7-14. ISSN 2044-4109
Bush, Ruth (2010) Book review: Pierre-Jean Balzan, Bruno Guichard and Alain Léger, François Maspero et les paysages humains. Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 1 (1). ISSN 2044-4109
Bush, Ruth (2010) Book review: Charles Tshimanga, Didier Gondola and Peter J. Bloom, Frenchness and the African diaspora. Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 1 (2). ISSN 2044-4109
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