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R. Darren Gobert

Department of English

Associate Professor
Graduate Program in Theatre & Performance Studies
 
Office: 330 Calumet College
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 33990
Emailgobert@yorku.ca
 
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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 incoming Editor of Modern Drama.

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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.

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

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.

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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

“Behaviorism, Catharsis, and the History of Emotion." Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 26.2 (Spring 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.

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Winter 2014 AP/EN4080 3.0  Concept of Play SEMR Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 AP/EN4142 6.0  Tragedy and Meta-Tragedy SEMR Course Website 

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Summer 2014 AP/EN3592 6.0  Literary London SEMR Course Website 


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 incoming Editor of Modern Drama.


His book, The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater (Stanford UP), was published in 2013. His current project is a book on the career of Caryl Churchill.

Prof. Gobert won multiple awards for his 2006 article on Brechtian emotion and, in 2008, a Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching. In 2007, he was awarded the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature.

Area of Specialization

English


Degrees

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


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.

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

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.

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

“Behaviorism, Catharsis, and the History of Emotion." Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 26.2 (Spring 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.


Teaching:

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Winter 2014 AP/EN4080 3.0  Concept of Play SEMR Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 AP/EN4142 6.0  Tragedy and Meta-Tragedy SEMR Course Website 

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Summer 2014 AP/EN3592 6.0  Literary London SEMR Course Website