Professor of English and Director of Theatre Robert F. Gross is the author of an essay included in “Considering David Chase,” by Thomas Fahy, recently published by McFarland.
Television writer David Chase has created distinctive programs since the 1970s, reflecting his edgy humor and psychological realism. Among the best known are “Northern Exposure” and “The Sopranos.”
Gross's essay, “Driving in Circles,” relates the series “The Rockford Files,” starring James Garner, which aired from September 1974 until January 1980, to anxieties around class and gender in 1970s America.
A member of the faculty since 1987, Gross holds a bachelor's in communications arts-theatre from the University of Wisconsin, a master's in theatre from Ohio State University and his Ph.D. in comparative literature-theatre from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.