David Ross


Greenlaw 328

Senior Lecturer

David A. Ross was educated at Yale (B.A. 1992) and Oxford (M.Phil. 1996, D.Phil. 2002). He has been a member of the Department of English & Comparative Literature at UNC since 2002 and became a senior lecturer in 2011.

His chief interests are the evolution of romanticism during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the reemergence of romantic aspiration in modernist literature.

David’s first book, A Critical Companion to William Butler Yeats (2009), is a 350,000-word, 652-page encyclopedia of the poet’s life and work. It includes lengthy interpretive essays on Yeats’ poems, plays, and prose, as well as involved accounts of Yeats’ activities and connections.

Post-Yeats, David has co-translated and co-edited the Taipei Fine Arts Museum’s 446-page descriptive catalogue The Search for the Avant-Garde: 1946–1969 (2012).

He is now at work on two further books. Tilting at the Black Knight: Tennyson’s War on the Chronometric Order examines patterns of temporal disaffection and rebellion in the poet’s work, with emphasis on the “fantasy of stopped time” as a defining characteristic of the romantic tradition. The Coldest Eye: Lin Fengmian’s Modern Vision is the first study in English of the life and work of Lin Fengmian (1900–91), one of the preeminent painters of twentieth-century China.

David has written frequently on twentieth-century Chinese art and Asian cinema, and he collects twentieth-century Chinese art with his wife Li-ling Hsiao, associate professor of Chinese art and literature in the Department of Asian Studies. In 2010, he was elected to a three-year term as co-editor of the Southeast Review of Asian Studies, a peer-reviewed journal affiliated with the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies.

A former daily journalist at the New Haven Register, David writes a monthly food column for The Independent Weekly (see www.indyweek.com, keyword “David Ross”).



Hire Date: 2002

Oxford (M.Phil. 1996, D.Phil. 2002)

Yale (B.A. 1992)

Research Groups and Interests

Group V - English Literature from 1789 to 1900 (Nineteenth-Century British Literature)
Group VIII - British Literature from 1900 to the Present