Chris Foss, Professor of English, earned a Ph.D. in 19th-century British literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. in literature from Northeastern University, and a B.A. in English (with secondary education certification) and Spanish from Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.).
He is the author of 20 scholarly publications and over 35 academic conference papers. His particular emphases within his specialty area include Toru Dutt, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Oscar Wilde. He also has secondary expertise in disability studies, with an emphasis on autism studies.
In 2015 his co-edited book Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives is scheduled for publication with Palgrave Macmillan, an essay collection for which he also is contributing a chapter entitled “Reading in Pictures: Re-visioning Autism and Literature through the Medium of Manga.” This year he has two journal articles forthcoming as well–“Fin-de-Siècle Indian English-Language Poetry: British Imperialism, India, and the Irish Question” will appear in English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 and “Individual Redemption through Universal Design; or, How IEP Meetings Have Infused My Pedagogy with an Ethic of Care(taking)” will appear in Caring For, Caring With: Pedagogical Responses to Living with Disabled People, a special issue of Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture.
Currently, Dr. Foss is at work on a sabbatical project analyzing the Wilde’s fairy tales through the lens of disability studies, with particular emphasis on “The Birthday of the Infanta.” He will be presenting some of this work at the annual meeting of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association this March in Boston.
Chris Foss in the News
- Foss Publishes Article on Oscar Wilde and DisabilityProfessor of English Chris Foss has published an article titled "‘For the future let those who come to play with me have no hearts’: The Affect of Pity in Oscar Wilde's ‘The Birthday of the Infanta’" in the Fall 2017 number of Journal of Narrative Theory, a special issue on... Read more »
- Foss Presents Paper at British Women Writers ConferenceOn June 23, Professor of English Chris Foss presented a paper titled “Ann Yearsley, Earl Goodwin, and the Politics of Romantic Discontent” at the 25th meeting of the British Women Writers Conference, held this year at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. There is a dearth of substantial critical studies of... Read more »
- Foss Publishes Book ReviewProfessor of English Chris Foss has published a 1,536-word book review of Sonya Freeman Loftis’ monograph Imagining Autism: Fiction and Stereotypes on the Spectrum as part of an exciting new initiative, The ALH Online Review Series X, from top-flight Oxford University Press journal American Literary History (ALH). You can check... Read more »
- Foss Lectures in LiverpoolOn Wednesday, March 1, Professor of English Chris Foss presented a 45-minute lecture as part of the Disability and the Emotions Seminar Series hosted by the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University. His talk, "‘For the future let those who come to play with me have no... Read more »
- Foss Presents Paper on Claudia Emerson’s “Impossible Bottle”On Oct. 8, Professor of English Chris Foss presented a paper titled “Moulting Anatomies: Cancer, Disability, and Resilience in Claudia Emerson’s Impossible Bottle,” at the Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference, held this year in Chicago. His paper surveyed all 16 poems from the volume’s opening section, Anatomies, explicating Claudia’s... Read more »