Ruth Bush

Research Fellow

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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.

Prizing francophone African literature (2015)
Bush R and Ducournau C
Prizing francophone African literature in: Davis C and Johnson D (ed.) The book in Africa: critical debates Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan
Publishing francophone African literature in translation: towards a relational account of postcolonial book history (2015)
Bush R
Publishing francophone African literature in translation: towards a relational account of postcolonial book history in: Batchelor K and Bisdorff C (ed.) Intimate enemies: translation in Francophone contexts Liverpool Liverpool University Press

2015

Prizing francophone African literature (2015)
Bush R and Ducournau C
Prizing francophone African literature in: Davis C and Johnson D (ed.) The book in Africa: critical debates Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan
Publishing francophone African literature in translation: towards a relational account of postcolonial book history (2015)
Bush R
Publishing francophone African literature in translation: towards a relational account of postcolonial book history in: Batchelor K and Bisdorff C (ed.) Intimate enemies: translation in Francophone contexts Liverpool Liverpool University Press
African literature in French and the Heinemann African writers series: towards a relational account of postcolonial book history (2015)
Bush R
African literature in French and the Heinemann African writers series: towards a relational account of postcolonial book history in: Batchelor K and Bisdorff C (ed.) Intimate enemies: translation in francophone contexts Liverpool University Press
Editorial craft and francophone African literature: the case of Malick Fall (2014)
Bush R
Editorial craft and francophone African literature: the case of Malick Fall The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 49 (3) 299-314 0021-9894

2015

Book review: Vivan Steemers, Le (néo)colonialisme littéraire: quatre romans face à l’institution littéraire parisienne (1950–1970) (2015)
Bush R
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) 24 2044-4109
Book review: Perceiving pain in African literature, by Zoe Norridge (2015)
Bush R
Book review: Perceiving pain in African literature, by Zoe Norridge LUCAS Bulletin 75
Le Monde s’effondre? Translating anglophone African literature in the world republic of letters (2015)
Bush R
Le Monde s’effondre? Translating anglophone African literature in the world republic of letters Journal of Postcolonial Writing 48 (5) 512-525 1744-9855
Lancer, aujourd’hui, c’est créer l’événement’: exoticism, engagement, and post-war publishing strategy (2015)
Bush R
Lancer, aujourd’hui, c’est créer l’événement’: exoticism, engagement, and post-war publishing strategy Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies 2 (1) 7-14 2044-4109
Book review: The French Atlantic: travels in culture and history, by Bill Marshall (2015)
Bush R
Book review: The French Atlantic: travels in culture and history, by Bill Marshall Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies 1 (2) 2044-4109
Book review: Pierre-Jean Balzan, Bruno Guichard and Alain Léger, François Maspero et les paysages humains (2015)
Bush R
Book review: Pierre-Jean Balzan, Bruno Guichard and Alain Léger, François Maspero et les paysages humains Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies 1 (1) 2044-4109
Book review: Charles Tshimanga, Didier Gondola and Peter J. Bloom, Frenchness and the African diaspora (2015)
Bush R
Book review: Charles Tshimanga, Didier Gondola and Peter J. Bloom, Frenchness and the African diaspora Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies 1 (2) 2044-4109

2014

Editorial craft and francophone African literature: the case of Malick Fall (2014)
Bush R
Editorial craft and francophone African literature: the case of Malick Fall The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 49 (3) 299-314 0021-9894

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