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 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 global 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); articles in PMLA, Genre, Huntington Library Quarterly, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Criticism, and Clio; and chapters in several edited collections. He has won numerous grants for research at the British Library and the Huntington Library. He is currently completing a scholarly edition of the Journal of Captain John Saris (1611-13), who conducted England’s first ship to Japan, and a monograph on the East India Company’s first generation, The Loss of the “Trades Increase:” An Early Modern Corporate Catastrophe (forthcoming, University of Pennsylvania Press). The latter project won a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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