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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.