Dr. Richard van Oort

Dr. Richard van Oort
Office: CLE D231

BA (Victoria), MA (Victoria), MA (Western Ontario), PhD (UC Irvine)

Area of expertise

Shakespeare; literary theory; generative anthropology; literature and anthropology

I received my Ph.D. in 2002 from the University of California, Irvine, where I studied with the late Wolfgang Iser. My dissertation, "The Origin and Function of the Aesthetic Sign," explored some of the recent developments in cognitive science and evolutionary anthropology, in particular, the work of Terrence Deacon, which I attempted to link to a general theory of fiction. I taught for five years at the University of British Columbia before coming to the University of Victoria in 2007 to teach courses on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. 



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Selected Faculty publications

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