English Department Faculty

Dr. Deborah L. Ross

Professor of English



Ph.D.,  English, University of Rochester, 1980

BA, Literature, Kirkland College, 1975

Courses Frequently Taught:

WRI 1150  Literature and Argument

WRI 1200  Research, Argument, and Writing

ENG 2000 Introduction to Literature

ENG 2510 World Literature I

ENG 2520 World Literature II

ENG 3100 Early British Literature

ENG 3102 Nineteenth-Century British Literature

ENG 3250 Texts and Gender:  Women and Madness

ENG 3251  Sex, Power, and Narrative

ENG 4000 Textual Criticism

ENG 4901/2 Senior Thesis




The Excellence of Falsehood:  Romance, Realism, and Women’s Contribution to the Novel. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1991.

Essays in Collections

“On the Trail of the Butterfly:  D. H. Hwang and Transformation,” in Beyond Adaptation, ed. Phyllis Frus and Christy Williams, McFarland and Co., 2010

“The Odyssey:  the Iliad’s Wife.”  Women in Literature:  Reading Through the Lens of Gender.  Ed.  Jerilyn Fisher and Ellen S. Silber.  Westport, CT:  Greenwood Press, 2003.  218-21.

“Pooh in America:  In which the Bear goes on a long explore and becomes altogether different.” Children’s Fantasy Fiction:  Debates for the Twenty-First Century.  Ed. Nickianne Moody and Clare Horrocks.  Liverpool:  The Association for Research in Popular Fictions and Liverpool John Moores University, 2005.  349-61.

Articles in Reference Books

“David Henry Hwang,” The Literary Encyclopedia (www.litencyc.com), 2011

Essays on novels of Charlotte Lennox.  Dictionary of British Literary Characters, vol. 1.  Facts on File, 1992.

Articles in Journals

“Escape From Wonderland:  Disney and the Female Imagination.”  Marvels & Tales:  Journal of Fairy Tale Studies 18.1 (2004):  53-67. 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream:  ‘Very Tragical Mirth.’”  Q/W/E/R/T/Y:  Arts, Littératures & Civilisations du Monde Anglophone 12 (Oct. 2002):  21-23.

“Home by Tea-Time:  Fear of Imagination in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.”  Classics in Film and Fiction. Film/Fiction 5 (2000):  207-227.

“Mirror, Mirror:  The Didactic Dilemma of the Female Quixote.”  Studies in English Literature 27.3 (Summer 1987):  455-74.

Creative Work

“My New Boyfriend,” Defenestration, August 2010

“A Tale of Two Sisters,” published on the Pen Women (website: http://www.nlapwhonolulu.org/contest.htm)

“Bad Company,” Stone’s Throw Magazine, March 2010

“The Haunted Piano,” CT Review, Spring 2008

“Trinity, or the Gospel According to Violet,” Inscribed:  A Magazine for Writers, Issue #4, 2008

“Rice Baby,” Hawai’i Pacific Review, 2008

Current Committee and Administrative Assignments:

Library Liaison/ Library Advisory Council

English Department Curriculum Committee

Favorite Literary Quotations:

“Maternal love or maternal hatred, though the latter fortunately is most rare, is all the same to the inexorable principle of natural selection.”  Charles Darwin

“Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands.  I will not allow books to prove anything.”  Jane Austen

“My old mother always used to say, my lord, that facts are like cows. If you stare them in the face hard enough, they generally run away.”  Dorothy L. Sayers