Professor - British Literature
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Office: 541-737-1652

Credentials: 
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley 1990
B.A. Stanford University 1970
Office Hours: 
MWF 11:00-12:00 & by appointment

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At OSU
Affiliated with: 
Sch of Wrtg Lit & Film
Courses Taught: 

ENG 454/545 - Course Flyer

Research/Career Interests: 

Richmond Barbour has taught English literature at Oregon State University since 1992. He specializes in Shakespeare, Renaissance literature and culture, theater history, travel writing, cross-cultural relations, and oceanic history. He also regularly teaches Classical Mythology and Classical Drama. His research interests range from Ben Jonson and London’s print culture, to the relations between England’s theatrical and maritime industries in Shakespeare’s day, to the birth of the London East India Company and the emergence of transnational corporate power. His publications include Before Orientalism. London’s theatre of the East, 1576-1626 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), The Third Voyage Journals: Writing and Performance in the London East India Company, 1607-10 (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009), and articles in PMLAHuntington Library Quarterly, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Criticism, Clio, and Genre. He has won numerous grants for research at the British Library and the Huntington Library. He is currently at work preparing a scholarly edition of John Saris’ 1611-13 East India Company journal (the primary record of England's first voyage to Japan), and completing a book on the Company’s first generation, The Voyage of the "Trades Increase," 1610-13: A Case Study of Catastrophe in Early Global Capitalism. The latter project was awarded a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2013.