Conversation with Paul Cantor

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  • CH. 1 : Shakespearean Beginnings

    Paul Cantor recalls his Shakespeare-obsessed youth in Brooklyn and how he came to see Shakespeare as a “political” thinker.

    00:15 - 07:04

  • CH. 2 : The Settings of Shakespeare’s Plays

    Contemporary directors often change the localities and eras of Shakespeare’s plays for “creative” purposes. Cantor explains why this is a mistake.

    07:04 - 11:39

  • CH. 3 : Comedy and Tragedy

    According to Cantor, Shakespeare was unique in world history in his ability to write both comedy and tragedy. How did he do it?

    11:39 - 18:15

  • CH. 4 : Roman Plays

    Kristol and Cantor discuss how Shakespeare used plays set in ancient Rome to explore themes such as republicanism, political greatness, and tyranny.

    18:15 - 29:10

  • CH. 5 : Rulers and Regimes

    Why are Shakespeare’s plays set in different historical contexts and locales? In part, says Cantor, to show how political regimes shape human character.

    29:10 - 41:04

  • CH. 6 : Christian Plays

    How does Christianity impact politics? Shakespeare explores this theme in many plays, including Hamlet. Cantor and Kristol discuss.

    41:05 - 50:16

  • CH. 7 : The Theological-Political Problem

    In Macbeth, Othello, The Merchant of Venice, and elsewhere, Shakespeare explores the relation of religion and politics. Cantor explains.

    50:17 - 1:03:11

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