Seminar: “The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare’s View of the Commercial Republic,” with Paul Cantor

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Oct 10, 2015


10:30 am - 12:30 pm


UCLA Law School Building, Room 2442
385 Charles E Young Drive
Los Angeles

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UCLA Law School Building, Room 2442

Event Description

In addition to this seminar, Paul Cantor will be giving a lecture on October 8 entitled “Robinson Crusoe and the Enlightenment Spirit of Capitalism”. For more information on this seminar, please visit the event page.


Paul Cantor will be leading a seminar on Shakespeare’s famous play The Merchant of Venice.


Registration for the seminar is free and open to the public. However, because capacity is limited, advance enrollment is necessary. This will be done primarily on a first come, first served basis. Readings will be distributed in advance to participants, who will be expected to read them and participate actively in the discussion. A pizza lunch will be delivered at the end of the seminar. To enroll, please e-mail Professor Daniel Lowenstein at


Paul Cantor is the Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He specializes in Comparative Literature, Renaissance, and Romanticism. He is the author of several books, including The Invisible Hand in Pop CultureLiterature and the Economics of LibertyGilligan 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.



Professor Cantor’s 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. For more information on the Commercial Republic Project, click here.