2002, D.Phil., Oxford University
1998, M.Phil., Oxford University
1992, B.A., Yale University
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.
His interests include romanticism, modernism, science fiction, utopian literature, world film, and Chinese painting.
David’s first book, A Critical Companion to William Butler Yeats (2009), is a 652-page encyclopedia of the poet’s life and work. It includes 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).
David has written frequently on twentieth-century Chinese art and Asian cinema, and he collects Chinese paintings and Japanese woodblock prints with his wife Li-ling Hsiao, associate professor of Chinese art and literature in the Department of Asian Studies.
He has served as co-editor (2010–2013) and book review editor (2013–present) of the Southeast Review of Asian Studies (2010–2013), a peer-reviewed journal affiliated with the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies.
He has also served as vice-president (2014) and president (2015) of the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies.
His present research projects include a translation of Xu Wei’s canonical drama anthology Four Cries of the Gibbon (1614) and a study of the Chinese modernist painter Lin Fengmian (1990–1991).
- A Critical Companion to William Butler Yeats (Chelsea House/Facts on File, 2009).
- The Search for the Avant-Garde, 1946–1969 (Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2011), co-editor and co-translator with Li-ling Hsiao.
- “Lin Fengmian’s Descent into the Dark: His Late Paintings of Crucifixion and Apocalypse” (Southeast Review of Asian Studies, 2017 , pp. 143–157).
- “Alarms of Struggle & Flight: Lin Fengmian’s Hastening Birds and Western Modernity” (Southeast Review of Asian Studies, 2015, pp. 33–49).
- “What Rough Beast? Denunciation and Annunciation in Jo Sung-Hee’s End of Animal” (Southeast Review of Asian Studies, 2015, pp. 73–78).
- “Professor Michael Sullivan and His Paintings” (Southeast Review of Asian Studies, 2014, pp. 146–153).
- “Upholding the Human: Koreeda at Mid-Career” (The Kyoto Journal, March 2013, pp. 169–176).
- (ENG 105) Composition & Rhetoric
- (ENG 121) British Literature, 19th & 20th Centuries
- (ENG 123) Introduction to Fiction
- (ENG 124) Contemporary Literature
- (ENG 143) Film & Culture
- (ENG 146) Science Fiction & Utopian Literature
- (ENG 288) Literary Modernism
- (COMP LIT 230) Global Crusoe: The Desert Island Idea in Film & Fiction
- (COMP LIT 257) The Crisis of Modernity in World Cinema
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