Prof Colin Cruise

DipAD (Hornsey) PGCE (Middx) MLitt (Keele) PhD (Keele)

Prof Colin Cruise


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Before starting an academic career in Victorian Studies, Cruise studied Fine Art, specialising in printmaking & painting. His PhD thesis concerns English Literature of the 1890s in relation to religion, art, & gender. He has published widely on aspects of Victorian culture, including 'Versions of the Annunciation' (After the Pre-Raphaelites, MUP 1999); 'Baron Corvo & the Key to the Underworld' (The Victorian Supernatural, CUP 2003); & 'Sincerity & Earnestness: Rossetti's Early Exhibitions' (Burlington Magazine, January 2004). He contributed three entries on Victorian artists to the Dictionary of National Biography. Recent publications include book chapters on Pater (for Macmillan), on Burne-Jones (for the Yearbook of English Studies) & on Simeon Solomon (for Ashgate); he has a forthcoming chapter on drawing in The Cambridge Companion to Pre-Raphaelitism.

Cruise curated the major exhibition Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon & the Pre-Raphaelites (2005-6) - which toured Villa Stuck, Munich, & the Ben-Uri Gallery, London - & organised the accompanying conference for the National Portrait Gallery, London (2006), & the symposium at Yale BAC (2006). The exhibition catalogue was published by Merrell in 2005.

Cruise is a Member of the AHRC Peer Review College (since 2007); a Member of both the AHRC Postgraduate Panel (since 2008) & Collabrative Doctoral Awards Panel (since 2010); & served as Chair of the Association of Art Historians (2004-07). He is a member of the academic advisory panel for a major JISC-funded project to digitise all Pre-Raphaelite works at BMAG & is curator of an international touring exhibition on Pre-Raphaelitism, The Poetry of Drawing (catalogue to be published by Thames & Hudson



Cruise, C 2005, Among the Ruins: Burne-Jones, Browning and Time. in G Pochat & B Wagner (eds), Erzählte Zeit und Gedächtnis: narrative Strukturen und das Problem der Sinnstiftung im Denkmal. ADEVA, pp. 111-124.
Cruise, C 2004, ''Sincerity and Earnestness': D. G. Rossetti's Early Exhibitions 1849-53' Burlington Magazine, vol 146, no. 1210, pp. 4-12.
Cruise, C 2004, Solomon, Simeon (1840- 1905), painter and draughtsman. in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, pp. n/a. DOI: 10.1093/ref:odnb/36185
Cruise, C 2004, Yeames, William Frederick (1835- 1918), painter. in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, pp. n/a. DOI: 10.1093/ref:odnb/48919
Jaffa, SA, Weiner, J, Cruise, CJ & Soloman, FM 2001, 'A certain effeminacy and morbid mysticism': “Late” and “Later” Solomon and his audiences. in From Prodigy to Outcast - Simeon Solomon: Pre-Raphaelite Artist . Jewish Museum London, London, pp. 23-29.
Cruise, CJ 1999, Versions of the Annunciation: Oscar Wilde and the message of beauty . in E Prettejohn (ed.), After the Pre-Raphaelites: Art and Aestheticism in Victorian England. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 167-187.
Cruise, CJ 1996, 'Lovely devils': Simeon Solomon and Pre-Raphaelite masculinity. in E Harding (ed.), Re-framing the Pre-Raphaelites: Historical and Theoretical Essays. Scolar Press, Aldershot, pp. 195-210 .
Cruise, CJ 1996, ‘Artists’ clothes: Some observations on male artists and their clothes in the nineteenth century’. in The Gendered Object . Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 112-120.
Cruise, C 2017, Coded Desire. in C Barlow (ed.), Queer British Art 1861-1967. Tate Publishing, London, pp. 24-29, Queer British Art 1861-1967 , London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2017.
Cruise, C 2016, Introduction. in The Song of Solomon: A Play or Opera founded on The Song of Solomon. The Reading Room Press, Quenington, Gloucestershire, pp. unpaginated.
Cruise, C 2015, 'From the Margins: The Male Bohemian Observer in Mid-Victorian Culture' Visual Culture in Britain, vol 16, no. 2, pp. 137-153. DOI: 10.1080/14714787.2015.1039356
Cruise, C 2014, Afterword. in A Yeates & ST (eds), Pre-Raphaeite Masculinities: Constructions of Masculinity in Art and Literature. The Nineteenth Century, Taylor & Francis, Farnham, Surrey, pp. 213-217.
Cruise, C 2014, 'Composing meanings: Space and invention in Ford Madox Brown’s paintings, 1843-55 ' Visual Culture in Britain, vol 15, no. 3, pp. 334-348. DOI: 10.1080/14714787.2014.945810
Cruise, C (ed.), Cruise, C, Heuser, H, Meyrick, R & Pierse, S 2013, Keith Vaughan: Figure and Ground: Drawings, Prints and Photographs 1935 - 1962. Sansom and Company, Bristol.
Cruise, CJ, Figure and Ground: Keith Vaughan Drawings, Prints and Photographs, 2013, Exhibition.
Cruise, CJ 2013, Experiments in Drawing and Illustration: Vaughan as a graphic artist. in C Cruise (ed.), Figure and Ground: Keith Vaughan- Drawings, Prints and Photographs 1935-1962. Sansom and Company, Bristol, pp. 58-85.
Cruise, C 2012, Pre-Raphaelite drawing. in E Prettejohn (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Pre-Raphaelites. Cambridge Companions to Literature, Cambridge University Press, pp. 47-61.
Cruise, C 2011, Strudwick, John Melhuish (1849-1937), painter. in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, pp. n/a. DOI: 10.1093/ref:odnb/67619
Cruise, C 2011, Religion and Sexuality. in S Calloway & L Federle Orr (eds), The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900. V&A Publishing, pp. 236-237.
Cruise, C 2011, Walter Pater (1839-1894). in S Calloway & L Federle Orr (eds), The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900. V&A Publishing, pp. 60-61.
Cruise, C 2011, 'Drawing and Vision', pp. 122-127, Apollo, CLXXIII 585.
Cruise, CJ 2011, Pre-Raphaelite Drawing. Thames & Hudson.
Cruise, C, The Poetry of Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Designs, Studies and Watercolours, 2011, Exhibition, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
Cruise, C 2010, Critical Connections and Quotational Strategies: Allegory and Aestheticism in Pater and Simeon Solomon. in E Clements & LJ Higgins (eds), Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater across the Arts. Springer Nature, pp. 68-82.
Cruise, C 2010, ''Sick, sad dreams': Burne-Jones and Pre-Raphaelite Medievalism' Yearbook of English Studies, vol 40, no. 1/2, pp. 121-140.
Giebelhausen, M, Barringer, T, Cherry, D, Codell, J, Corbett, DP, L'Enfant, J, Vaughan, W, Rosenfield, J, Cruise, C & Plampin, M 2009, Poetic, eccentric, Pre-Raphaelite: the critical reception of Simeon Solomon's work at the Dudley Gallery. in M Giebelhausen & T Barringer (eds), Writing the Pre-Raphaelites. Taylor & Francis, pp. 171-191.
Cruise, C 2007, St Johns' Wood Clique (act. 1863-1890). in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, pp. n/a.
Cruise, C 2005, Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites. Merrell Publishers.