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Dr Ruth Bush

Dr Ruth Bush

Dr Ruth Bush
BA, MSc, DPhil

Lecturer in French

19 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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+44 (0) 117 92 88799


African literature, material cultures of the book, postcolonial studies, cultural studies


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).


My office consultation hours in 2016/17 TB1 are: Monday 3.30 - 4.30pm and Tuesday 2.30 - 3.30pm.

I convene the following units:
Introduction to Francophone African Literature
African narratives of migration
Journeys through poetry
What does it mean to be human? (Foundation Year in Arts and Humanities)
Cultural Encounters (MA Comparative Literatures and Cultures)

In the academic year 2016/17, I also will be teaching on the following units:
Shaping France
Reading Literary and Visual Cultures
Introduction to the Study of Cultures
Global Cultures of the Book (MA)



  • Francophone African literature
  • Material cultures of the book
  • Postcolonial studies



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