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Dr Ruth Bush


My principal area of research is francophone African literature. More broadly, I am interested in theories of cultural value, material cultures of the book, and the relationship between political activism and cultural production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I have published on authors including Cheikh Hamidou Kane, Malick Fall, Chinua Achebe, Amos Tutuola and Christine Garnier. In parallel, I worked recently on the history of radical black publishing in Britain, producing an online history of the UK’s first radical black bookshop and publishing house: New Beacon Books. This was part of the Heritage Lottery Fund "Dream to Change the World" project at the George Padmore Institute in north London.

I joined Bristol as a lecturer in September 2014. Before this I held a research fellowship at the University of Westminster and taught French language and literature at the University of Oxford. I completed my doctoral research on the publishing history of African literature in post-war France at Wolfson College, Oxford. Prior to this I worked for publishing houses in Paris and Buenos Aires and gained an MSc in Literature and Transatlanticism (Edinburgh) following my BA in English and French (Oxford).



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