401 Hall of Languages
Department of English
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244

Chris Forster

  • Syracuse University
    2012-Present. Assistant Professor of Twentieth-Century British Literature and Culture.
  • University of Virginia
    2011. Ph.D, English. Dissertation: Modernism and the Forms of Obscenity.
  • Providence College
    2003. B.A., English (summa cum laude).
  • Edgar F. Shannon Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2012)
  • NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) Fellowship (2011-2011)
  • Rare Book School Scholarship (Summer 2010)
  • University of Virginia Faculty Senate Dissertation-Year Fellowship (2009-2010)
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award (2007-2008)
  • Graduate Fellowship in Digital Humanities, Scholars' Lab (Spring 2008)
  • President's Fellowship, University of Virginia (2003-2008)
  • Departmetnal Award in English, Providence College (2003)
  • Honors Program in Western Civilization, Providence College (2001-2002)
  • "'Would you not turn a beautiful flower around in your hand?': Auden and the Scientists." (Under review).
  • "The Pornometric Gospel: Wyndham Lewis, Walter Sickert, and the History of the Nude." Journal of Modern Literature 34.4 (Summer 2011). [Project Muse] [JSTOR]
  • "'Of the Question of the Sex Instinct I Know Very Little': The Good Soldier and the Discourse of Indecency." Essays on Ford Madox Ford's "The Good Soldier." Ed. Rossitsa Terzieva-Artemis. Rodopi Press (forthcoming).
  • Review of Julian Murphet's Multimedia Modernism. Modernism/Modernity 18.1 (January 2011). [Project Muse]
  • "Aesthetics without Art: The Para-Epistemic Project of Kant's Third Critique." Review of Rodolphe Gasché's The Idea of Form. Postmodern Culture 15.1 (2004). [Postmodern Culture]
Papers and
  • "What is the Object of a Digital Modernist Studies?" (Seminar Paper for Digital Modernisms / Digital Modernities Panel), Modernist Studies Association, October, 2011.
  • "Reluctant Transgression: The Obelisk and Olympia Presses and the Publication of Modernism," Modern Language Association Special Session "Modernist Transgression Beyond the Avant-Garde," Jan. 6, 2011.
  • "Can Pornography Be Literature?" Making Sense: Thinking and Feeling Texts, UVA English Department Graduate Conference, April, 2010.
  • "Authentic Copies: The Paintings of D. H. Lawrence," Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February, 2010.
  • "'You Cannot Build a Tree, You Can Only Plant It': Culture, Politics, and Eliot's Neutrality During the Spanish Civil War," (Seminar Paper) Thirtieth Annual Meeting, T. S. Eliot Society, September, 2009.
  • "Sin and Song: Bawdy Folk Music and T. S. Eliot's The Cocktail Party," Thirtieth Annual Meeting, T. S. Eliot Society, September, 2009.
  • "The Logic of Blasphemy: Obscenity and the Work of T. S. Eliot," Modernist Studies Association, November, 2008.
  • "Technologies of Property, or What's the Copy in Copyright?" (Seminar Paper for Modernist Intellectual Properties Panel), Modernist Studies Association, November, 2008.
  • "'This anonymous but extremely interesting work': Authorship Attribution as Text Classification." University of Virginia Scholars' Lab, October, 2008.
  • "Iron Beds and Red Slippers: Walter Sickert's Camden Town Nudes and the Role of the Object in the Passage from Art to Pornography," University of Virginia Graduate English Department Conference, March 2008.
  • "The Modernist Image and Its Other: Pornography and the English Avant-Garde." Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, 2007.
  • "The Work of Pornography in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: A Brief History of the Pornographic Postcard." Popular Culture Association, 2006.
  • "Why the Birds and Bees Don't Look at Dirty Pictures: Towards a Psychoanalytic Understanding of Pornography. American Comparative Literature Association, 2006.
Teaching & Research Interests

Modernism, Twentieth-Century Literature, the Novel, History of the Lyric, Digital Humantieis, Text Analysis and Visualization, Literary Theory and Criticism, Psychoanalysis, Media Studies.

Teaching Experience

University of Virginia, Department of English

Self-Designed Courses
  • "What was Modernism?" Seminar for advanced undergraduates (Spring 2012).
  • "Pedagogy." Graduate seminar introducing graduate students to teaching at UVA (Spring 2012).
  • "Modern Poetry." Introductory seminar in literature for nonmajors and prospective majors (Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2009, Fall 2007).
  • "Twentieth-Century British Novel." Survey of the history of the British novel in the twentieth century (Fall 2011).
  • "The Purpose of University Education." Themed composition course (Spring 2011).
  • "The Meaning of Life." Themed composition course (2008, 2007, and 2006).
  • "Feminism and Representation." Themed composition course (2005).

As Teaching Assistant
  • Major-Level Survey of Twentieth-Century Literature in English (Fall 2010, Fall 2008, Fall 2004).
  • Major-Level Survey of Restoration through Nineteenth-Century Literature in English (Spring 2007).
  • Advanced and Professional Argumentative Writing (Spring 2005).
Related Experience
  • Program Director, Thee Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures at the University of Virginia (Fall 2011).
  • HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, Technology Advanced Collaboratory) Scholar (2010-2011).
  • Copy editor for New Literary History (2007-2009) (Head Copy Editor, 2009)
  • XML Encoding for the Whitman Archive (2004-2005)

References Available Upon Request