Mark Frost joined the English Department of the University of Portsmouth in 2006, having previously
taught at the University of Southampton, where he gained his PhD. Frost has strong connections with the Ruskin Programme at the University
of Lancaster, since his principal interest is in the work of John Ruskin,
with a particular emphasis on nineteenth-century scientific contexts and
the interplay in Ruskin’s work of materiality, creativity, and
culture. He is currently working on the monograph The Lost Companion and John Ruskin’s Guild Idea (contracted to Anthem Press, December 2012), the first standard work on the subject in 30 years.
Says Frost, My research interests arise out of the works of John Ruskin, and have
a particular emphasis on nineteenth-century scientific contexts and the
interplay in Ruskin’s work of materiality, creativity, and culture. I
am current researching the contextualisation of Ruskin’s natural
histories in relation to eighteenth century scientific models,
nineteenth-century materialism (and especially the twin sciences of
ecology and evolutionary theory), Evangelicalism, and Romanticism.
Frost is on the editorial board of the online journal, Eighth Lamp: Ruskin Studies
(OScholars). He is also an annotations contributor to the Routledge ABES
project, and he is involved in the Leverhulme-funded Electronic Edition
of John Ruskin’s Modern Painters I at the Ruskin Programme, Lancaster University.