Examining the wide-ranging implications of Ruskin's engagement with his contemporaries and followers, this collection is organized around three related themes: Ruskin's intellectual legacy and the extent to which its address to working men and women and children was realised in practice; Ruskin's followers and their sites of influence, especially those related to the formation of collections, museums, archives and galleries representing values and ideas associated with Ruskin; and the extent to which Ruskin's work constructed a world-wide network of followers, movements and social gestures that acknowledge his authority and influence. As the introduction shows, Ruskin's continuing digital presence is striking and makes a case for Ruskin's persistent presence. The collection begins with essays on Ruskin's intellectual presence in nineteenth-century thought, with some emphasis on his interest in the education of women. This section is followed by one on Ruskin's followers from the mid-nineteenth century into twentieth-century modernism that looks at a broad range of cultural activities that sought to further, repudiate, or exemplify Ruskin's work and teaching. Working-class education, the Ruskinian periodical, plays, and science fiction are all considered along with the Bloomsbury Group's engagement with Ruskin's thought and writing. Essays on Ruskin abroad-in America, Australia, and India round out the collection.
A Baker & Taylor Literary Essentials Title 'The up-to-date bibliography of works by many younger scholars tells readers Ruskin is not only persistent but resurgent. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.' Choice ’This enterprising and authoritative collection of essays provides a stimulating overview of Ruskin’s multiple legacies, challenging readers to think about his wide-ranging influence in fresh ways’. Dinah Birch, University of Liverpool, UK 'This book is an impressively wide-ranging and original collection of essays exploring many aspects of Ruskin’s legacy. … a richly varied and wide-ranging anthology…' The Companion: The Newsletter of the Guild of St George 'Readers of Nineteenth-Century Contexts will find in Persistent Ruskin an abundance of solidly interdisciplinary work … It considers the breadth and complexity of his influence on widely different groups of his own contemporaries, and through them-as well as through direct continued reading of Ruskin himself-on subsequent generations all over the earth … who have inherited and reacted to Ruskin’s work.' Nineteenth-Century Contexts ’…would make an excellent springboard for students interested in looking at Ruskin’s works in a different way. It should be an essential addition to the library of any serious Ruskin scholar.’ Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society