The Centre for the History of European Discourses was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

The information in this website is therefore out of date but retained for archival and staff purposes.

Dr Christopher E. Forth


BA (Niagara University), MA, PhD (State University of New York at Buffalo)

Christopher E. Forth is Professor of History and holds the Howard Chair of Humanities & Western Civilization at the University of Kansas. His research interests revolve 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.
Confronting Modernity in Fin-de-Siècle France: Bodies, Minds and Gender, edited with Elinor Accampo (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010).
Masculinity in the Modern West: Gender, Civilization and the Body (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2008).
Sexuality at the Fin de Siècle: The Makings of a “Central Problem,” edited with Peter Cryle (Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2008).
French Masculinities: History, Culture and Politics, edited with Bertrand Taithe (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007).
Cultures of the Abdomen: Diet, Digestion and Fat in the Modern World, edited with Ana Carden-Coyne (New York: Palgrave, 2005).
Body Parts: Critical Explorations in Corporeality, edited with Ivan Crozier (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005).
The Dreyfus Affair and the Crisis of French Manhood (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004; paperback 2006).
Zarathustra in Paris: The Nietzsche Vogue in France, 1891-1918 (Dekalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2001).
“Race, Beauty and Desire in Nineteenth-Century Views of Corpulence,” History Workshop Journal, 73 (Spring 2012), forthcoming.
“Masculinités et virilité dans le monde anglophone,” Jean-Jacques Courtine, trans., in Histoire de la virilité de l’Antiquité au XXIème siècle. Vol. III : XXe siècle, Jean-Jacques Courtine, ed. (Paris: Seuil, 2011), in press.
“The Body,” in Writing the Holocaust, Jean-Marc Dreyfus and Daniel Langton, eds. (London: Bloomsbury, 2011), in press.
“Beauty and Concepts of the Ideal,” in A Cultural History of the Human Body, Vol. 6: A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Modern Age, Ivan Crozier, ed. (London: Berg, 2010), 127-45.
“Painful Paradoxes: Consumption, Sacrifice and Man-Building in the Age of Nationalism,” in Medicine, Religion, and the Body, Elizabeth Burns Coleman and Kevin White, eds. (Leiden: Brill, 2010), 231-47.
“Manhood Incorporated: Diet and the Embodiment of ‘Civilized’ Masculinity.” Men and Masculinities, 11, no. 5 (2009): 578-601.
“Surviving our Paradoxes? Masculinity, Modernity, and the Body.” Culture, Society and Masculinities, 1, no. 1 (Spring 2009): 6-32.
“A Diet of Pleasures: Sexuality, Dietetics and Identity at the Fin de Siècle,” in Sexuality at the Fin de Siècle: The Makings of a “Central Problem,” Peter Cryle and Christopher E. Forth, eds. (Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2008), 140-155.
La Civilisation and its Discontents: Modernity, Manhood and the Body during the Third Republic.” In French Masculinities: History, Culture and Politics, Christopher E. Forth and Bertrand Taithe, eds. (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007), 85-102.
“Guts and Manhood: The Culture of the Abdomen in Modern France.” In Body Parts: Critical Explorations in Corporeality, Christopher E. Forth and Ivan Crozier, eds. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005), 191-206.
“‘The Belly of Paris’: The Decline of the Fat Man in Fin-de-Siècle France.” In Cultures of the Abdomen: Diet, Digestion and Fat in the Modern World, Christopher E. Forth and Ana Carden-Coyne, eds. (New York: Palgrave, 2005), 205-219.
“The Novelization of the Dreyfus Affair: Women and Sensation in Fin-de-Siècle France.” In Victorian Crime, Madness, and Sensation, edited by Andrew Maunder and Grace Moore (London: Ashgate, 2004), 163-178.
“Hygiene, Manhood, and the Phallic Body: Some Thoughts on Psychoanalysis and History.” In History on the Couch: Essays in History and Psychoanalysis, Joy Damousi and Robert Reynolds, eds. (Melbourne: University of Melbourne Press, 2003), 106-116.
“Bringing Bellies Back In: Navel Gazing in the History of the Body.” History Workshop Journal, 55 (Winter 2003): 239-247.
“Neurasthenia and Manhood in Fin-de-Siècle France.” In Cultures of Neurasthenia from Beard to the First World War, Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra and Roy Porter, eds. (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2001), 329-361.
“Moral Contagion and the Will: The Crisis of Masculinity in Fin-de-Siècle France.” In Contagion: Historical and Cultural Studies, Alison Bashford and Claire Hooker, eds. (London: Routledge, 2001), 61-75.
“Educating the Will: Masculinity and Modernity in La Grande encyclopédie (1886-1902).” In Discourse Synthesis: Studies in Historical and Contemporary Social Epistemology, Raymond G. McInnis, ed. (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2001), 361-376.
“Adventures of the Naked Truth: The Dreyfus Affair and the Female Form.” French Cultural Studies, 12, no. 2 (June 2001): 123-147.
“The Scholar, the Soldier, and the Jew: Three Characters in Search of the Phallus.” Australian Feminist Studies, 15 (November 2000): 335-342.
“Bodies of Christ: Gender, Jewishness, and Religious Imagery in the Dreyfus Affair.” History Workshop Journal, 48 (Autumn 1999): 18-38.
“Intellectuals, Crowds, and the Body Politics of the Dreyfus Affair.” Historical Reflections/ Réflexions Historiques, 24 (Spring 1998): 63-91.
“Intellectual Anarchy and Imaginary Otherness: Gender, Class, and Pathology in French Intellectual Discourse, 1890-1900.” The Sociological Quarterly, 37 (Fall 1996): 645-671.
“Anarchism and the Body Intellect: French Intellectuals at the Fin de Siècle.” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, 23 (1995): 175-184.
“On the Prejudices of Philosophers: French Philosophical Discourse on Nietzsche, 1898-1908.” Theory and Society, 23 (December 1994): 839-881.
“Durkheim-as-Author/Suicide-as-Text: Writing, Death, and Subjectivity.” Current Perspectives in Social Theory, 13 (1993): 227-246.
“Nietzsche, Decadence, and Regeneration in France, 1891-95.” Journal of the History of Ideas, 54 (January 1993): 97-117.



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