Christopher Forth

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Humanities, History
Professor
Jack and Shirley Howard Professor of Humanities & Western Civilization
Primary office:
785-864-8036
Bailey Hall
Room 308
University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7574


Christopher E. Forth is Professor of History and holds the Howard Chair of Humanities & Western Civilization as well as a Courtesy Professorship in the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His interdisciplinary and thematic research revolves around the cultural history of gender, sexuality, the body, and the senses (with an emphasis on modern France, Britain and America) as well as European intellectual and cultural history. He is especially concerned with how perceptions and experiences of the body are situated in different social and cultural locations, and has become increasingly interested in exploring embodiment, materiality, and the senses in historical context. The author or editor of eight books, including Zarathustra in Paris: The Nietzsche Vogue in France, 1891-1918 (2001), The Dreyfus Affair and the Crisis of French Manhood (2004) and Masculinity in the Modern West (2008), Forth is currently completing a monograph entitled Flab: A Cultural of Fat and the co-edited volume Fat: Culture and Materiality. He is also writing a cultural and material history of semen.

Education

Ph.D., History, State University of New York at Buffalo

M.A., History, State University of New York at Buffalo

B.A., History, Niagara University

Teaching Interests

  • Cultural History, Gender and Sexuality, the Body and the Senses
  • Men and Masculinities
  • European Intellectual History, Modern France

Research Interests

  • Cultural History, Gender and Sexuality, the Body and the Senses
  • Men and Masculinities
  • European Intellectual History

Selected Publications

Forth, C. E., Leitch, A., & . (Eds.). (2014). Fat: Culture and Materiality. UK: Bloomsbury.

Forth, C. E., Strange, C., & Cribb, R. (Eds.). (2014). Honour, Violence and Emotion: Historical Perspectives. UK: Continuum .

Forth, C. E. (2013). The Qualities of Fat: Bodies, History, and Materiality. Journal of Material Culture, 18(2), 135-54.

Forth, C. E. (2012). Melting Moments: The Greasy Sources of Modern Perceptions of Fat. Cultural History, 1(1), 83-107.

Forth, C. E. (2012). Fat, Desire, and Disgust in the Colonial Imagination. History Workshop Journal, 73(1), 211-39.

Forth, C. E. & Accampo, E. (Eds.). (2010). Confronting Modernity in Fin-de-Siècle France: Bodies, Minds and Gender (C. E. Forth & E. Accampo, Eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Forth, C. E. (2009). Manhood Incorporated: Diet and the Embodiment of 'Civilized' Masculinity. Men and Masculinities, 11(5), 578-601.

Forth, C. E. (2008). Masculinity in the Modern West: Gender, Civilization and the Body, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Forth, C. E. & Cryle, P. (Eds.). (2008). Sexuality at the Fin de Siècle: The Makings of a "Central Problem" (C. E. Forth & P. Cryle, Eds.). Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press.

Forth, C. E. & Taithe, B. (Eds.). (2007). French Masculinities: History, Culture and Politics (C. E. Forth & B. Taithe, Eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Forth, C. E. & Crozier, I. (Eds.). (2005). Body Parts: Critical Explorations in Corporeality (C. E. Forth & I. Crozier, Eds.). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Forth, C. E. & Carden-Coyne, A. (Eds.). (2005). Cultures of the Abdomen: Diet, Digestion and Fat in the Modern World (C. E. Forth & A. Carden-Coyne, Eds.). New York: Palgrave.

Forth, C. E. (2004). The Dreyfus Affair and the Crisis of French Manhood, Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.

Forth, C. E. (2001). Zarathustra in Paris: The Nietzsche Vogue in France, 1891-1918, Dekalb: Northern Illinois University Press.


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