R. Darren Gobert

Department of English

Professor

Office: Calumet College, 330
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 33990
Emailgobert@yorku.ca

R. Darren Gobert specializes in comparative modern and contemporary Western drama, dramatic and performance theory, and the philosophy of theatre. As a theatre practitioner, he has written stage adaptations and directed plays by Albee, Beckett, Chekhov, and others. He is Editor of Modern Drama.

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His first book, The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater (Stanford UP), was published in 2013; his second, The Theatre of Caryl Churchill (Bloomsbury), in 2014. His current project is a cultural history of catharsis.

Among Prof. Gobert's honours are the Ann Saddlemyer Prize and the Barnard Hewitt Award for The Mind-Body Stage, the Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching (2008), and the President's University-Wide Teaching Award (2016). He was awarded the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature in 2007.

Area of Specialization

English

Degrees

Ph.D., Columbia
M.Phil, Columbia
M.A., Columbia
M.A., McGill
B.A., Ottawa

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies


Research Interests

Modern and contemporary drama, dramatic and performance theory, philosophy of theatre

Selected Publications

The Theatre of Caryl Churchill. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2013.

Recent British Drama. Edited special issue of Modern Drama 50.3 (2007).

"The Field of Modern Drama, or Arcadia." Modern Drama 58.3 (2015): 285-301.

“Behaviorism, Catharsis, and the History of Emotion." Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 26.2 (2012): 109-25.

“Cartesian Subjectivity on the Neoclassical Stage; or, Molière Acts Corneille for Louis XIV.” Theatre Survey 49.1 (2008): 65-89.

Selected Publications

The Theatre of Caryl Churchill. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2013.

Recent British Drama. Edited special issue of Modern Drama 50.3 (2007).

"The Field of Modern Drama, or Arcadia." Modern Drama 58.3 (2015): 285-301.

“Behaviorism, Catharsis, and the History of Emotion." Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 26.2 (2012): 109-25.

“Cartesian Subjectivity on the Neoclassical Stage; or, Molière Acts Corneille for Louis XIV.” Theatre Survey 49.1 (2008): 65-89.

All Publications

Books

The Theatre of Caryl Churchill. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2013.

Recent British Drama. Edited special issue of Modern Drama 50.3 (2007).

Book Chapters

“The Immaterial Matters.” The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope. Ed. Joel Faflak and Jason Haslam. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2013. 250-67.

Arcadia and the Ghosts of Past Performance.” Lectures de Tom Stoppard: Arcadia. Ed. Liliane Campos and Julie Vatain. Rennes, France: Rennes UP, 2011. 147-59.

"On Performance and Selfhood in Caryl Churchill.” The Cambridge Companion to Caryl Churchill. Ed. Elin Diamond and Elaine Aston. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. 105-24.

“Dramatic Catharsis, Freudian Hysteria, and the ‘Private Theatre’ of Anna O.” Emotions: A Cultural Studies Reader. Ed. Jennifer Harding and E. Deidre Pribram. New York: Routledge, 2009. 321-35.

“Historicizing Emotion: The Case of Freudian Hysteria and Aristotelian Purgation.” Emotion, Place and Culture. Ed. Mick Smith et al. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009. 57-76.

Journal Articles

"The Field of Modern Drama, or Arcadia." Modern Drama 58.3 (2015): 285-301.

“Behaviorism, Catharsis, and the History of Emotion." Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 26.2 (2012): 109-25.

"Finding a Physical Language, Directing for the Nineties Generation: In Conversation with James Macdonald.” New Theatre Quarterly 24.2 (2008): 141-57.

“Cartesian Subjectivity on the Neoclassical Stage; or, Molière Acts Corneille for Louis XIV.” Theatre Survey 49.1 (2008): 65-89.

“The Antitheatrical Paradox in Michel Marc Bouchard’s Les Feluettes, ou La Répétition d'un drame romantique.” Canadian Literature 188 (2006): 47-61.

“Cognitive Catharsis in The Caucasian Chalk Circle." Modern Drama 49.1 (2006): 12-41. Reprinted in Reading Modern Drama. Ed. Alan Ackerman. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2012. 217-45.

Book Reviews

Review of The First Frame: Theatre Space in Enlightenment France by Pannill Camp. Theatre Journal 67.4 (2015): 761-62.

Review of The Persistence of Allegory: Drama and Neoclassicism from Shakespeare to Wagner by Jane K. Brown. Modern Philology 107:3 (2010): E45-48.

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2016-2017 AP/EN3190 6.0  Modern Drama LECT  


R. Darren Gobert specializes in comparative modern and contemporary Western drama, dramatic and performance theory, and the philosophy of theatre. As a theatre practitioner, he has written stage adaptations and directed plays by Albee, Beckett, Chekhov, and others. He is Editor of Modern Drama.


His first book, The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater (Stanford UP), was published in 2013; his second, The Theatre of Caryl Churchill (Bloomsbury), in 2014. His current project is a cultural history of catharsis.

Among Prof. Gobert's honours are the Ann Saddlemyer Prize and the Barnard Hewitt Award for The Mind-Body Stage, the Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching (2008), and the President's University-Wide Teaching Award (2016). He was awarded the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature in 2007.

Area of Specialization

English

Degrees

Ph.D., Columbia
M.Phil, Columbia
M.A., Columbia
M.A., McGill
B.A., Ottawa

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies


Research Interests:

Modern and contemporary drama, dramatic and performance theory, philosophy of theatre

Selected Publications

The Theatre of Caryl Churchill. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2013.

Recent British Drama. Edited special issue of Modern Drama 50.3 (2007).

"The Field of Modern Drama, or Arcadia." Modern Drama 58.3 (2015): 285-301.

“Behaviorism, Catharsis, and the History of Emotion." Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 26.2 (2012): 109-25.

“Cartesian Subjectivity on the Neoclassical Stage; or, Molière Acts Corneille for Louis XIV.” Theatre Survey 49.1 (2008): 65-89.

All Publications

Books

The Theatre of Caryl Churchill. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2013.

Recent British Drama. Edited special issue of Modern Drama 50.3 (2007).

Book Chapters

“The Immaterial Matters.” The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope. Ed. Joel Faflak and Jason Haslam. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2013. 250-67.

Arcadia and the Ghosts of Past Performance.” Lectures de Tom Stoppard: Arcadia. Ed. Liliane Campos and Julie Vatain. Rennes, France: Rennes UP, 2011. 147-59.

"On Performance and Selfhood in Caryl Churchill.” The Cambridge Companion to Caryl Churchill. Ed. Elin Diamond and Elaine Aston. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. 105-24.

“Dramatic Catharsis, Freudian Hysteria, and the ‘Private Theatre’ of Anna O.” Emotions: A Cultural Studies Reader. Ed. Jennifer Harding and E. Deidre Pribram. New York: Routledge, 2009. 321-35.

“Historicizing Emotion: The Case of Freudian Hysteria and Aristotelian Purgation.” Emotion, Place and Culture. Ed. Mick Smith et al. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009. 57-76.

Journal Articles

"The Field of Modern Drama, or Arcadia." Modern Drama 58.3 (2015): 285-301.

“Behaviorism, Catharsis, and the History of Emotion." Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 26.2 (2012): 109-25.

"Finding a Physical Language, Directing for the Nineties Generation: In Conversation with James Macdonald.” New Theatre Quarterly 24.2 (2008): 141-57.

“Cartesian Subjectivity on the Neoclassical Stage; or, Molière Acts Corneille for Louis XIV.” Theatre Survey 49.1 (2008): 65-89.

“The Antitheatrical Paradox in Michel Marc Bouchard’s Les Feluettes, ou La Répétition d'un drame romantique.” Canadian Literature 188 (2006): 47-61.

“Cognitive Catharsis in The Caucasian Chalk Circle." Modern Drama 49.1 (2006): 12-41. Reprinted in Reading Modern Drama. Ed. Alan Ackerman. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2012. 217-45.

Book Reviews

Review of The First Frame: Theatre Space in Enlightenment France by Pannill Camp. Theatre Journal 67.4 (2015): 761-62.

Review of The Persistence of Allegory: Drama and Neoclassicism from Shakespeare to Wagner by Jane K. Brown. Modern Philology 107:3 (2010): E45-48.


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2016-2017 AP/EN3190 6.0  Modern Drama LECT