1st Edition

Persistent Ruskin Studies in Influence, Assimilation and Effect

Edited By Brian Maidment, Keith Hanley Copyright 2013

    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.

    Introduction Ruskin’s ‘Common Treasuries’, Keith Hanley, Brian Maidment; Part 1 Spreading the Word – Readerships, Audiences, Listeners; Chapter 1 John Ruskin and the Working Classes in Mid-Victorian Britain, Lawrence Goldman; Chapter 2 John Ruskin and the Idea of a Museum, Marcus Waithe; Chapter 3 Of Ruskin, Women and Power, Rachel Dickinson; Chapter 4 Influence, Presence, Appropriation – Ruskinian Periodicals 1890–1910, Brian Maidment; Part 2 Followers and Their Sites of Influence; Chapter 5 1This is one of a sequence of articles on the topic of Ruskin and influence. See also F. O’Gorman, ‘Ruskin’s Aesthetic of Failure in The Stones of Venice’, Review of English Studies, 55 (), 374–91; ‘Ruskin, Venice, and the Endurance of Authorship’, Nineteenth Century Studies, 19 (), 83–97; and ‘Ruskin’s Mountain Gloom’ in ed. Keith Hanley and Rachel Dickinson, Ruskin and the Struggle for Coherence (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars P 2007), pp.123–50. See also chapter 4 of my book Victorian Literature and the Unbounded Life (Manchester: Manchester UP )., Francis O’Gorman; Chapter 6 Christian Socialism on the Stage: Henry Arthur Jones’s Wealth (1889) and the Dramatisation of Ruskinian Political Economy, Peter Yeandle; Chapter 7 Enduring Ruskin? Bloomsbury’s Anxieties of Influence, Andrew Leng; Chapter 8 Ruskin’s Theory of the Ideal Dress and Textile Analogy in Medieval Architecture, Anuradha Chatterjee; Part 3 World-wide Ruskin; Chapter 9 Deep Seers: John Ruskin, Charles Herbert Moore and the Teaching of Art at Harvard, Melissa Renn; Chapter 10 Masters and Men: Ruskin and the Sydney Building World of the 1890s, Mark Stiles; Chapter 11 Ruskin, Morris and the Terraforming of Mars, Tony Pinkney; Chapter 12 1Some ideas in this essay were first broached in my lecture, ‘The Ruskin Diaspora’, delivered at Kyoto University of Art and Design, on 24 May 2005, and subsequently translated into Japanese in the Ruskin Library News (Tokyo 2005)., Keith Hanley;


    Keith Hanley is Professor of English Literature at Lancaster University, where he directed the Ruskin Centre from 2000-2008. Other Ruskin-related publications include John Ruskin’s Romantic Tours 1837-1838: Travelling North (2007) and, with John Walton, Constructing Cultural Travel:John Ruskin and the Direction of the Tourist Gaze (2011). Brian Maidment is Professor of the History of Print in the English Department at Liverpool John Moores University. He is the author of Comedy, Caricature and the Social Order 1820-1850.

    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