Professor Kao graduated from Tunghai University, Taiwan. He received his MA degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught at Yale University and the University of Alberta before joining the HKUST in 1995. He retired in 2006 and passed away in 2011.
“Domains of Moral Discourse: Self, History, and Fantasy in Fengshen yanyi.” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews 24 (2002): 75-97.
“The Ideology of Metaphor: East and West.” In Comparative Literature Now: Theories and Practice, ed. by Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek and Milan V. Dimić with Irene Sywenky. 117-128. Paris: Honor Champion diteur, 1999.
《修辭學與文學閱讀》[Rhetoric and the Reading of Literary Texts]. Beijing: Peking University Press, 1997. Revised and expanded edition, Hong Kong: Cosmos Books, 2008.
“Self-reflexivity, Epistemology, and Rhetorical Figures.” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews 19 (1997): 1-23.
“Projection, Displacement, Introjection: The Strangeness of Liaozhai zhiyi.” In Paradoxes of Traditional Chinese Literature, ed. by Eva Hung. 199-230. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 1994.
“Bao and Baoying: Narrative Causality and External Motivations in Chinese Fiction.” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews 11 (1989): 115-138.
《形名學與事理論》 [Semiotics and Narrative Theories]. Taipei: Linking Publishing Co., 1987.
Classical Chinese Tales of the Supernatural and the Fantastic. (ed.) Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985.
“Chinese Rhetoric.” In The Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature, ed. by William H. Nienhauser, Jr. 121-137. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985.
“Aspects of Derivation in Chinese Narrative.” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews 7.1&2 (July 1985): 1-36.