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Welcome to my site. I am an Associate Professor of English and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought at the University of Victoria.

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

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Who is this guy?

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 past Director of the interdisciplinary graduate concentration in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought (through July 2008), and past Graduate Adviser in English (through December 2010). In the fall of 2013 I was elected 2nd Vice President of the Modernist Studies Association; I became Vice President in November 2014, and will assume the Presidency in 2015.

I like ice cream, single-malt scotch, and books that make you go, “Heh-heh-heh. Wait, what?” Oh, and I also curse in class — probably more than I really should.

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’ve seen the publication of two novels by Dorothy Richardson – Pointed Roofs and The Tunnel – which I co-edited (with my erstwhile PhD student Tara Thomson) for the Broadview Literary Texts Series. Another co-edited venture (with Allana Lindgren), this time a collection of 61 essays on global modernism entitled The Modernist World (Routledge) is in press. It is expected to be released in the spring of 2015.

In the longer term, I am currently serving as General Editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism online: 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 will be supplemented by the SSHRC-funded Linked Modernisms Project, which will use advanced RDF and Linked Open Data methods to created a faceted searching interface for the REM. An open-access resource, it 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.

Finally, I am the Principal Investigator 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. I am an associated researcher with the Electronic and Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) at UVic.

Past:

I have 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. Most recently I have edited Modernism and Theory (Routledge, 2009).