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Welcome to my site. I am a Professor of English and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought at the University of Victoria. Please note that I will be on study leave from 1 January – 30 December 2016, so may be slower than usual to respond to email. I will not be taking on new graduate students during this time.

Email – saross@uvic.ca   |   Phone — 250-721-7237   |   Twitter – @ghostprof

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I obtained my BA (hons) from Simon Fraser University, and my MA and PhD from Queen’s University at Kingston. I have been teaching at the University of Victoria since 2001. I am the President of the Modernist Studies Association through November 2016. I have served as Director of the interdisciplinary graduate concentration in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought (through July 2008), Graduate Adviser in English (through December 2010), and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities (July 2014-Dec 2015).

I like single-malt scotch and challenging books, books that keep you up at night. Oh, and I also curse in class — probably more than I really should. My classes are challenging, too — you may feel uncomfortable or even offended from time to time. And that’s as it should be.

Watch my 90-second “Faces of Research at UVic” video here.

Research Interests

My research concentrates on international literary modernism and critical theory.

Present and Future:

Most recently, I am General Editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism: a comprehensive scholarly and educational resource with entries on all aspects of modernism across the arts, a wide temporal period, and around the world. It is supplemented by the SSHRC-funded Linked Modernisms Project, which uses advanced RDF and Linked Open Data methods to created a faceted searching interface for the REM. An open-access resource, Linked Modernisms will put a huge amount of data concerning global modernism across the arts in the public domain, rendering it accessible to anyone with an interest in using it for scholarly purposes. The REM/Linked Modernisms went live in the late spring of 2016 — please visit them now and let me know what you think.

My most recent print publication is The Modernist World (co-edited with Allana C. Lindgren) for Routledge. This book presents 61 newly commissioned essays on modernist cultural production across the arts and around the world.

Finally, I am a co-founder and past director of the $2.2 million Modernist Versions Project, a digital humanities research project with activities devoted to generating data from modernist literary texts, devising novel methodologies for versioning texts that exist in multiple witnesses, developing tools for such work, and producing digital editions of modernist novels. The MVP received a Partnership Development Grant from SSHRC in 2012. The MVP is now under the superlative directorship of J. Matthew Huculak (as of summer 2016).

Past:

In the last couple of years I have co-edited (with Tara Thomson) two novels by Dorothy Richardson – Pointed Roofs and The Tunnel – for the Broadview Literary Texts Series. I have also edited Modernism and Theory (Routledge, 2009). I have also published a monograph on Joseph Conrad, Conrad and Empire (Missouri, 2004); and articles and reviews in ConradianaModern Fiction StudiesARIELStudies in Canadian LiteratureCanadian Literature, and Cultural Critique.