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



Coded DesireCruise, C. 2017 Queer British Art 1861-1967. Barlow, C. (ed.). London: Tate Publishing, p. 24-296 p.
IntroductionCruise, C. 2016 The Song of Solomon: A Play or Opera founded on The Song of Solomon. Quenington, Gloucestershire: The Reading Room Press, p. unpaginated3 p.
From the Margins: The Male Bohemian Observer in Mid-Victorian CultureCruise, C. 2015 In : Visual Culture in Britain.16, 2, p. 137-15317 p.
AfterwordCruise, C. 2014 Pre-Raphaeite Masculinities: Constructions of Masculinity in Art and Literature. Yeates, A. & S. T. (eds.). Farnham, Surrey: Taylor & Francis, p. 213-2175 p. (The Nineteenth Century)
Composing meanings: Space and invention in Ford Madox Brown’s paintings, 1843-55 Cruise, C. 2014 In : Visual Culture in Britain.15, 3, p. 334-34815 p.
Keith Vaughan: Figure and Ground: Drawings, Prints and Photographs 1935 - 1962Cruise, C. (ed.), Cruise, C., Heuser, H., Meyrick, R. & Pierse, S. 2013 Bristol: Sansom and Company. 96 p.
Figure and Ground: Keith Vaughan Drawings, Prints and PhotographsCruise, C. J. 2013
Experiments in Drawing and Illustration: Vaughan as a graphic artistCruise, C. J. 2013 Figure and Ground: Keith Vaughan- Drawings, Prints and Photographs 1935-1962. Cruise, C. (ed.). Bristol: Sansom and Company, p. 58-8527 p.
Pre-Raphaelite drawingCruise, C. 2012 The Cambridge Companion to the Pre-Raphaelites. Prettejohn, E. (ed.). Cambridge University Press, p. 47-61 (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
Strudwick, John Melhuish (1849-1937), painterCruise, C. 2011 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.Oxford University Press, p. n/a
Religion and SexualityCruise, C. 2011 The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900. Calloway, S. & Federle Orr, L. (eds.). V&A Publishing, p. 236-237
Walter Pater (1839-1894)Cruise, C. 2011 The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900. Calloway, S. & Federle Orr, L. (eds.). V&A Publishing, p. 60-61
Drawing and VisionCruise, C. 2011 Apollo, CLXXIII, 585, p. 122-1276 p.
Pre-Raphaelite DrawingCruise, C. J. 2011 Thames & Hudson. 248 p.
The Poetry of Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Designs, Studies and WatercoloursCruise, C. 2011
Critical Connections and Quotational Strategies: Allegory and Aestheticism in Pater and Simeon SolomonCruise, C. 2010 Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater across the Arts. Clements, E. & Higgins, L. J. (eds.). Springer Nature, p. 68-8215 p.
'Sick, sad dreams': Burne-Jones and Pre-Raphaelite MedievalismCruise, C. 2010 In : Yearbook of English Studies.40, 1/2, p. 121-14020 p.
Poetic, eccentric, Pre-Raphaelite: the critical reception of Simeon Solomon's work at the Dudley GalleryGiebelhausen, M., Barringer, T., Cherry, D., Codell, J., Corbett, D. P., L'Enfant, J., Vaughan, W., Rosenfield, J., Cruise, C. & Plampin, M. 2009 Writing the Pre-Raphaelites. Giebelhausen, M. & Barringer, T. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 171-19121 p.
St Johns' Wood Clique (act. 1863-1890)Cruise, C. 2007 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.Oxford University Press, p. n/a
Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-RaphaelitesCruise, C. 2005 Merrell Publishers.
Among the Ruins: Burne-Jones, Browning and TimeCruise, C. 2005 Erzählte Zeit und Gedächtnis: narrative Strukturen und das Problem der Sinnstiftung im Denkmal. Pochat, G. & Wagner, B. (eds.). ADEVA, p. 111-12414 p.
'Sincerity and Earnestness': D. G. Rossetti's Early Exhibitions 1849-53Cruise, C. 2004 In : Burlington Magazine.146, 1210, p. 4-129 p.
Solomon, Simeon (1840- 1905), painter and draughtsmanCruise, C. 2004 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.Oxford University Press, p. n/a
Yeames, William Frederick (1835- 1918), painterCruise, C. 2004 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.Oxford University Press, p. n/a
'A certain effeminacy and morbid mysticism': “Late” and “Later” Solomon and his audiencesJaffa, S. A., Weiner, J., Cruise, C. J. & Soloman, F. M. 2001 From Prodigy to Outcast - Simeon Solomon: Pre-Raphaelite Artist . London: Jewish Museum London, p. 23-296 p.
Versions of the Annunciation: Oscar Wilde and the message of beauty Cruise, C. J. 1999 After the Pre-Raphaelites: Art and Aestheticism in Victorian England. Prettejohn, E. (ed.). Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 167-18731 p.
'Lovely devils': Simeon Solomon and Pre-Raphaelite masculinityCruise, C. J. 1996 Re-framing the Pre-Raphaelites: Historical and Theoretical Essays. Harding, E. (ed.). Aldershot: Scolar Press, p. 195-210 15 p.
‘Artists’ clothes: Some observations on male artists and their clothes in the nineteenth century’Cruise, C. J. 1996 The Gendered Object . Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 112-1209 p.