Dr. Benjamin Barber is an Assistant Professor in the Programme of English Language and Literature Studies. Benjamin received his Ph.D. in 2016 from the University of Ottawa. His dissertation explored Byron's use of Shakespeare's representations of desire in Byron's prose, poetry, and plays, especially as they react to the social and political changes wrought by the French Revolution. Tracing Byron's Shakespeare-derived intuitions of desire's imitative nature, his research charted the implications of the two poet's relationship within the European transition from the sacral-monarchical order to market society. His current research interests include the Shelley studies, Spinoza studies, mimetic theory, generative anthropology, affect theory and the work of Ernest Gellner.