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Charles Ross

Charles Ross

Professor; Director of Comparative Literature

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1976

Office: HEAV 313
Office Phone: (765) 494-3729
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Romance epic, literature and law, and law in the English Renaissance

Charles Ross, a former Fulbright-Hays Scholar in Italy, is Professor of English, and Chair of the Comparative Literature Program. He specializes in the English Renaissance, the Italian romantic epic, and world literature. First Lines is his recent project of video presentations of world classics by Purdue faculty. Professor Ross has published articles on Virgil, Dante, Boiardo, Ariosto, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Nabokov, and Tom Wolf. His books include the first-ever translation into English of Boiardo’s Orlando Innamorato (1482); a verse translation of Statius’s Thebaid (92 A.D.); The Custom of the Castle from Malory to Macbeth (University of California Press, 1997); and Elizabethan Literature and the Law of Fraudulent Conveyance: Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare (Ashgate Press, 2003). He is co-editor of Fortune and Romance: Boiardo 1994 in America (MRTS, 1998); and two volumes from the University of California Press Lectura Dantis: Inferno (1998) and Purgatorio (2008). He has edited four special issues of journals: “Renaissance Comparative Prose” in Prose Studies 29.3 (2008); “Shakespeare on Film in Asia and Hollywood” in Comparative Literature and Culture 6.1 (2004); “Italy in Crisis: A Symposium on the Political and Social Aspects of Italian Law” in Indiana International & Comparative Law Review, Vol. 4. No. 2. Winter 1994; and “Vladimir Nabokov: Special Issue” in Modern Fiction Studies 25 (Fall 1979). Professor Ross is a coordinator of the Newberry Library Romance and Epic Seminar and facilitator for the Purdue Comparative Prose Conference.