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Paul A. Cantor

Paul A. Cantor is Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English at the University of Virginia. His most recent book, co-edited with Stephen Cox, is Literature and the Economics of Liberty: Spontaneous Order in Culture (Ludwig von Mises Institute).

Articles found on this site:
The Case for Barbarism
By: Paul A. Cantor
Posted: November 6, 2018
This article appeared in: Vol. XVIII, Number 4, Fall 2018

Ordinary life improves when empire falls.

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A Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma
By: Paul A. Cantor
Posted: August 12, 2014
This article appeared in: Vol. XIV, Number 3, Summer 2014

Jonathan Swift was one of the most secretive men who ever lived, the Howard Hughes of 18th-century Britain. Given how well-known his name is today, it comes as a surprise to learn that most of his writings were initially published anonymously.

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Aristocracy in America
By: Paul A. Cantor
Posted: June 14, 2013
This article appeared in: Vol. XIII, Number 2 - Spring 2013

Huckleberry Finn shows that a nation devoted to fresh starts will also invite false starts and upstarts.

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A Handshake Across the Centuries
By: Paul A. Cantor
Posted: April 5, 2011
This article appeared in: Vol. XI, Numbers 1 & 2 - Winter/Spring 2010/11

The European roots of Chinua Achebe’s postcolonial classic.

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Ink-Stained Genius
By: Paul A. Cantor
Posted: August 2, 2010
This article appeared in: Vol. X, Number 2 - Spring 2010

A review of Charles Dickens, by Michael Slater

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Is There Intelligent Life on Television?
By: Paul A. Cantor
Posted: February 2, 2009
This article appeared in: Vol. VIII, Number 4 - Fall 2008

The small screen’s new sophistication.

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Playwright of the Globe
By: Paul A. Cantor
Posted: January 8, 2007
This article appeared in: Vol. VII, Number 1 - Winter 2006/07

Shakespeare tried to understand the world, and now the world tries to understand him.

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History Plays
By: Paul A. Cantor
Posted: March 30, 2005
This article appeared in: Vol. V, Number 1 - Winter 2004/05

Shakespeare's ability to provoke a variety of thoughtful responses is one measure of his enduring greatness.

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Average Bill
By: Paul A. Cantor
Posted: July 9, 2004
This article appeared in: Vol. IV, Number 3 - Summer 2004

If you really want to learn something about Shakespeare, go back to the plays.

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The Economic Muse
By: Paul A. Cantor
Posted: December 1, 2003
This article appeared in: Vol. IV, Number 1 - Winter 2003/04

Watts attempts to establish common ground between economists and literary critics.

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Between Heaven and Hell
By: Paul A. Cantor
Posted: November 28, 2001
This article appeared in: Vol. II, Number 1 - Fall 2001

Hamlet in Purgatory in many respects serves as the culmination of Greenblatt's long-term project as a cultural historian.

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