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Ruth Bush

Research Fellow in French

r.bush@westminster.ac.uk 309 Regent Street London W1B 2UW

 

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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. 

Ruth Bush has taught translation and literature classes in the Modern Languages faculty in Oxford. She is looking forward to teaching at Westminster from September 2013. 

Current research interests:

  • African literature in French and English
  • Book history and material cultures of the book
  • Publishing history in postcolonial contexts
  • Sociology of cultural production
  • Translation theory and practice

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.

Editorial craft and francophone African literature: the case of Malick Fall

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

Prizing francophone African literature

Bush, Ruth and Ducournau, Claire (2014) Prizing francophone African literature. In: Davis, Caroline and Johnson, David, (eds.) The book in Africa: critical debates. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. (In Press)

African literature in French and the Heinemann African writers series: towards a relational account of postcolonial book history

Bush, Ruth (2013) African literature in French and the Heinemann African writers series: towards a relational account of postcolonial book history. In: Batchelor, Kathryn and Bisdorff, Claire, (eds.) Intimate enemies: translation in francophone contexts. Liverpool University Press. ISBN 9781846318672

Book review: Perceiving pain in African literature, by Zoe Norridge

Bush, Ruth (2013) Book review: Perceiving pain in African literature, by Zoe Norridge. LUCAS Bulletin, 75 .

Book review: Vivan Steemers, Le (néo)colonialisme littéraire: quatre romans face à l’institution littéraire parisienne (1950–1970)

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

Publishing francophone African literature in translation: towards a relational account of postcolonial book history

Bush, Ruth (2013) Publishing francophone African literature in translation: towards a relational account of postcolonial book history. In: Batchelor, Kathryn and Bisdorff, Claire, (eds.) Intimate enemies: translation in Francophone contexts. Francophone Postcolonial Studies (4). Liverpool University Press, Liverpool. ISBN 9781846318672

Le Monde s’effondre? Translating anglophone African literature in the world republic of letters

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

Lancer, aujourd’hui, c’est créer l’événement’: exoticism, engagement, and post-war publishing strategy

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

Book review: The French Atlantic: travels in culture and history, by Bill Marshall

Bush, Ruth (2010) Book review: The French Atlantic: travels in culture and history, by Bill Marshall. Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 1 (2). ISSN 2044-4109

Book review: Charles Tshimanga, Didier Gondola and Peter J. Bloom, Frenchness and the African diaspora

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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