Professor of English
Office: Moreland 322
Email: rbarbour at oregonstate.edu
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley 1990
B.A. Stanford University 1970
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 have ranged 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), and articles in the Huntington Library Quarterly, PMLA, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Criticism, and (currently forthcoming) Clio. He has won numerous grants for research at the British Library and the Huntington Library. His current projects include editing a volume of Richard Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations (1598-1600), preparing a scholarly edition of a 1611-12 East India Company journal, and writing a book on the Company’s first generation.