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 Presents Paper at Gothic ConferenceProfessor of English Chris Foss recently presented a paper at the “Hideous Progeny”: The Gothic in the Nineteenth Century conference hosted by the Loyola University-Chicago Victorian Society on October 27, 2018. The talk, entitled “Gothic Mutations of Pity in Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Star-Child,’” aimed at a critical reconsideration of pity... Read more »
- Foss Presents Paper at International ConferenceOn June 9, Professor of English Chris Foss presented a paper (in partial fulfillment of his Summer 2018 Faculty Research Grant) entitled As he is no longer beautiful he is no longer useful: Reading Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Happy Prince’ through the Lens of Disability Studies at the inaugural John Andrén Foundation... Read more »
- Foss Presents Paper at Northeast Modern Language Association ConventionOn April 14, Professor of English Chris Foss presented a conference paper entitled "Locating the Monstrous Body in Monstress and My Favorite Thing Is Monsters through a Disability Studies Lens" at the 49th annual convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association in Pittsburgh. His paper took for its focus the highly... Read more »
- Foss Publishes Book ReviewProfessor of English Chris Foss has published a book review entitled "Mapping the Networks of India in Britain" in the most recent number of English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920. His 1466-word review takes for its focus Elleke Boehmer’s recent monograph from Oxford University Press, Indian Arrivals 1870–1915: Networks of British Empire. Now... Read more »
- 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 »