David Ross

Email:   daross@email.unc.edu
Office:   Greenlaw 328
Hire Date:   2 002


Teaching Associate Professor


Oxford (M.Phil. 1996, D.Phil. 2002), Yale (B.A. 1992)


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 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 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 a translation of Four Cries of the Gibbon, a canonical Wanli-era drama anthology by the scholar-poet Xu Wei (1521–1593). This would be the first English translation of this important work, which includes the chief version of the story of Mulan. He also continues work on two monographs. 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. He has served as co-editor (2010-2013) and book review editor (2013-present) of the Southeast Review of Asian Studies, a peer-reviewed journal that appears in both online and print formats. He has also served as vice president (2014-2015) and president (2015-2016) of 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 Indy Week (see www.indyweek.com, keyword “David Ross”).