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University of Virginia professor and author Paul Cantor recently sat down with Reason.TV to discuss his new book The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty ...
As a political thriller, Free Dakota ...
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.
Cantor will be leading a ...
Cantor will be leading a seminar on Shakespeare's famous play The Merchant of Venice.
Paul Cantor is the Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English at the University of Virginia.
specializes in Comparative Literature, Renaissance, and Romanticism.
is the author of several books, including The Invisible
Hand in Pop Culture, Literature and the Economics of Liberty, Gilligan Unbound: Pop Culture in the Age of Globalization.
In the Fall of 2o12, Dr. Cantor was the Visiting Professor of Government at Harvard University.
He earned his A.B. in English Literature from Harvard in 1966, and his Ph.D. in English Literature from Harvard in 1971.
appearance is part of CLAFI's
ongoing Commercial Republic Project, which is conducted in partnership with the Jack Miller Center
and made possible by the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation
Paul Cantor ...
Paul Cantor Transcript
Taped November 15, 2013
We have with us today, Paul Cantor
, who I've known for many years, and I'm thrilled to have him as a guest.
He's a Professor of Literature at the University of Virginia.
I took his course, I think, in the English department, when I was an undergraduate and when he was a young assistant professor at Harvard many decades ago.
At the time he
had already done important work on Shakespeare
and continued that work for the next three, four decades.
So we're going to talk about Shakespeare
: I feel I was destined to study Shakespeare
because my mother was born on April 23rd and that's Shakespeare's
: Well, now, you know it's based on the fact - I think he
was baptized on April 26th, so they usually waited three days to see if the kid would live.
And since he
did die on April 23 in 1616, they kind of - April 23 is his
: Well, I started in the ninth grade in what was then called junior high school.
: Yes, junior year in college.
That's pretty early.
: Yes, my dissertation, which became my first book, Shakespeare's
Rome, was on Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra, with some stuff on Julius Caesar.
: Yeah, and I was very inspired by the work of Allan Bloom and Harry Jaffa, particularly the book they did, Shakespeare's
Politics, which coincidentally came out in 1965 when I first started working on this with Harvey Mansfield.
Paul A. Cantor is Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1977.
Cantor received his BA in 1966 and his Ph.D. in 1971 from Harvard University, where he was an assistant professor of English from 1971 to 1977.
From 1992 to 1999, Cantor served on the National Council on the Humanities, the governing board of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
has published extensively on Shakespeare, including his
books Shakespeare's Rome: Republic and Empire (Cornell, 1976)-which deals with Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra-and the Hamlet volume in the Cambridge Landmarks of World Literature series (Cambridge University Press, 1989, 2004).
has also published essays on The Merchant of Venice, Henry V, As You Like It, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear, Timon of Athens, Antony and Cleopatra,and The Tempest, as well as on general issues of Shakespeare criticism.
In addition to Shakespeare, he
has written about other English Renaissance dramatists, including Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Cyril Tourneur, and John Ford.
Among the other fields he
has worked in are British Romantic literature and American popular culture.
bookGilligan Unbound: Pop Culture in the Age of Globalization (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001) was named one of the best non-fiction books of 2001 by the Los Angeles Times
In the Fall of 2007 and 2012, Cantor was a Visiting Professor of Government at Harvard and taught a course on Shakespeare and Politics (currently scheduled again for Spring 2015).