R. Darren Gobert
B.A. (Ottawa); M.A. (McGill); M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Columbia)
R. Darren Gobert specializes in comparative modern and contemporary Western drama, dramatic and performance theory, and the philosophy of theatre.
As a practitioner, he has written stage adaptations and directed plays by Albee, Beckett, Chekhov, and others. As a critic, he has published articles on playwrights from Molière to Sarah Kane, and on the theatrical histories of behaviorism, psychoanalysis, and cognitive science. He is author of The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater (Stanford UP) and The Theatre of Caryl Churchill (Bloomsbury). His current project is a cultural history of catharsis.
Prof. Gobert has been awarded a Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching and, in 2007, the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature.