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Ian Campbell Ross, Cav. dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia, B.A. (Sus), M.A. (Dub), Ph.D. (Edin), F.T.C.D.Professor Emeritus

Ian Campbell Ross held a personal chair as Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies until his retirement in 2012; he is now a Fellow Emeritus of the College.

Among his publications on Irish and British writing of the long eighteenth century are Laurence Sterne: a life (OUP, 2001) and a revised critical edition of Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1983; new ed. with new introduction, OUP, 2009). He contributed ‘Irish Fiction before 1800’ to the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (1991) and ‘Prose to 1800’ to the Cambridge History of Irish Literature (2006). A co-General Editor of the Early Irish Fiction series (Four Courts Press), he was co-editor of the anonymously authored Vertue Rewarded (2010), Sarah Butler, Irish Tales (2010), Elizabeth Sheridan, The Triumph of Prudence over Passion (2011) and recently edited William Chaigneau, The History of Jack Connor (2013). His publications on Jonathan Swift and Tobias Smollett include a co-edited volume, Locating Swift (1998), Swift’s Ireland (1985) and the chapter on Smollett in the Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature (2006).

Editor and principal contributor to Public Virtue, Public Love: the early years of the Dublin Lying-in Hospital, the Rotunda (1986), he was a founder of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society (ECIS, 1985-) and of its journal, Eighteenth-Century Ireland (1986-), which he co-edited for 10 years. More recently, he founded, and remains Convenor of, the Eighteenth-Century Literature Research Network in Ireland (2006-), linking all interested teachers and students of eighteenth-century literature throughout the island of Ireland.

Professor Ross taught English literature from Chaucer to the present day and has published on American and European literatures from the seventeenth to twenty-first centuries. He is editor of Henry James, The Europeans (1985; rev. 2000) in the Oxford World’s Classics series, and has published essays and articles on writers from Voltaire to Italo Calvino. His sophister option, ‘Detective Fiction’ was the first course of its kind in Ireland and introduced Popular Literature to the School of English. An introduction to Declan Burke (ed), Down these Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century (2011) was the first overview of Irish crime fiction from 1840 to the present day. With the historian Professor William Meier (TCU), he edited the special issue of the interdisciplinary Éire-Ireland: ‘Crime in Ireland since 1921’ (Spring/Summer 2014).

A co-founder of the Centre for Irish-Scottish and Comparative Studies, Ian Ross chaired the international steering committee of the Irish-Scottish Academic Initiative. He is a member of the advisory board of the Journal for Irish and Scottish Studies, as also of Irish University Review, and the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society.

Ian Campbell Ross is Co-Editor for Irish Writing in English for the online Literary Encyclopedia. He welcomes proposals for contributions from both established and young scholars in the field.

Following his retirement, Professor Ross has supervised and mentored successful PhD students and IRC postdoctoral fellows, on topics ranging from the 17th-century essay, through the 18th-century literary salon and early-19th century Irish Gothic, to Golden Age detective fiction, 1920-45. Former graduate students now hold, or have held, teaching posts in universities in Ireland, Scotland, England, the US, Egypt, and the Middle East. He is unable to accept further prospective graduate students.

Editor and translator of Gian Gaspare Napolitano, To War with The Black Watch (2007), Professor Ross has been a visiting professor at the Università degli Studi, Roma Tre, where he is also a membro aggregato of the Centro di ricerca interdipartimentale per gli studi irlandesi e scozzesi. In 2007 the President of Italy honoured him as a Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana (now Ordine della Stella d’Italia).

Professor Ross is also Visiting Professor at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines in 2013-14, and a frequent lecturer in Italy. He has recently published: Umbria: a cultural guide (Perugia: Volumnia, 2012 and Oxford: Signal: 2013).


Ian Campbell Ross