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Prof. Paul A. Cantor

Professor of English

University of Virginia

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Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

United States

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Emeritus Member
Ashbrook Center

Member, AHI Board
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Harvard University


Harvard University

Ph. D.


Harvard University


English literature


graduate degrees


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I'm very glad to be joined ... [cached]

I'm very glad to be joined today by Paul Cantor, Professor of English at the University of Virginia and a previous conversant, whatever the right term is there.

CANTOR: Great to be back. "Interlocutor."
CANTOR: I was a little worried with just talking about books in general because there'd be an awfully long list then. I thought I'd talk about works of literature - plays, novels, some short stories - that support liberty.
CANTOR: There is some truth to that.
CANTOR: There were the Spanish Scholastics, the School of Salamanca, which were defending the free market. Not too many people have heard of them.
CANTOR: It's a defense of the marketplace, the dispersal of knowledge, and the other thing that's quite amazing is that the fair - it's corrupt, but it's innocent and nobody gets hurt.
CANTOR: There's a bit of it in The Merchant of Venice.
CANTOR: This is very unconventional play, and it's absolutely brilliant.
CANTOR: Next on my list is Daniel Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year, which is the first zombie novel.
CANTOR: It's written in 1721.
KRISTOL: He's early 18th - a whole century after Jonson.
CANTOR: He was born in 1660 so he had actually experienced the plague as a child. This is very early in the history of the novel, really. The line between fiction and nonfiction was not clearly drawn. Most people thought Robinson Crusoe was a true account when he wrote that.
CANTOR: Particularly Defoe who was basically a Whig, although he would write for the Tory press.
CANTOR: We're going over to Germany now.
CANTOR: 1830s, he died in 1837.
CANTOR: I think it was some kind of disease although evidently his health wasn't that good. We have three plays; he wrote a fourth play that has been lost.
CANTOR: Many translations. I've seen it in London.
CANTOR: But efforts to represent it in literature have not turned out.
CANTOR: Even there, there are some questions about how well that was done. It's a remarkable political play. Maybe the best political play for the 19th century.
CANTOR: Büchner did not finish it.
CANTOR: The movie is stunning.
CANTOR: We're going to go back to Britain now to a novel that dates to 1854, Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South.
CANTOR: This was not lost on the men who complained about it.
CANTOR: Being a servant or working on farms.

Paul Cantor is self-taught in ... [cached]

Paul Cantor is self-taught in most areas. He did, however, take two courses under Mises and earned a PhD in Literature. He states that culture is the last battleground between Marxism and free markets.

Cantor had never played a video game, so he had to work through those. He sees that this is where things are going.
A ten-lecture course presented by Paul Cantor, Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English at the University of Virginia, and a pioneer in literary criticism from an Austrian perspective. Having studied with Mises, he is working to counter the Marxist understanding of culture that dominates the humanities today.

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Paul Cantor, English, University of Virginia, 2007

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Paul Cantor, English, University of Virginia, 2007

Free Dakota || Roundfire || Book Info [cached]

As a political thriller, Free Dakota is a real page-turner, but every other page, you'll want to pause and think about the serious issues Irwin raises. ~ Paul A. Cantor, Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English, University of Virginia and author of The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs.

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