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By shifting the main focus from race to gender, from anti-Semitism to masculinity, Forth demonstrates just how deeply rooted in French culture the Dreyfus Affair was.(Margaret H. Darrow H-France)
Forth provides an important contribution to the study of the scandal and to the broader cultural history of fin-de-siècle France by arguing that the divisive events of the Affair were framed by participants on both sides as a crisis in the French male body(Choice)
Original and exciting... Forth uses the Dreyfus Affair as a means to explore not only the contingency of manhood but also the subtle ways in which gender norms are implicated in racist imagery, class boundaries, and the construction of the intellectual in fin-de-siècle France.(Carolyn J. Dean American Historical Review)
Numerous writers have begun to write about the 'crisis of masculinity,' and even more scholars have studied the Dreyfus Affair, but few have combined the two. Forth has provided an imaginative and important book that contributes to our understanding of the cultural and intellectual history of the fin de siècle.(Rachel G. Fuchs, Arizona State University)
This fascinating book will make it impossible to think of the Dreyfus Affair as simply a battle of ideas, parties, and institutions. Forth shows how both Dreyfusard and Anti-Dreyfusard discourses were saturated with a gendered body imagery that privileged forceful masculinity over the presumptive effeminacy of Jews, anti-militarists, and disembodied 'intellectuals.' Dreyfusards may have won some tactical political battles, but they surrendered the linguistic field to their enemies.(Robert Nye, Oregon State University)
A nuanced and sophisticated analysis of French manhood.(Lisa O'Sullivan Medical History)
Forth's analysis... lends important insight into the problematic ways in which this rhetoric has operated historically.(Judith Surkis Journal of Modern History)
Innovative and articulate, this book will appeal to anyone interested in the Dreyfus Affair, masculinity, or medical discourses in fin-de-siecle France.(Nancy Fitch English Historical Review)
Erudite and interesting book.(Rhonda Garelick Men and Masculinities)
A compelling portrait of a cultural crisis, and a book that should both interest the general reader and fascinate the area specialist.(Joseph Zizek Journal of French Studies)
A rich and provocative study of the Dreyfus affair and the crisis of fin-de-siècle masculinity... This is a valuable book because it presents the Dreyfusards from a new perspective and because it disrupts the teleology that has surrounded the Dreyfus affair.(Judith F. Stone Patterns of Prejudice)
Christopher E. Forth is the Howard Professor of Humanities & Western Civilization at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Zarathustra in Paris: The Nietzsche Vogue in France, 1891–1918 (2001) and Masculinity in the Modern West: Gender, Civilization and the Body (2008).