“The Economics of Apocalypse: Flying Saucers, Alien Invasions, and the Walking Dead”
Paul A. Cantor is Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Virginia. He has also taught in the English and Government Departments at Harvard University. From 1992 to 1999 he served on the National Council on the Humanities, the governing board of the NEH. He is the author of several books on such subjects as Shakespeare, Romanticism, and literature and economics. He is also well-known for his work on popular culture and its relation to philosophy, literature, and other aspects of elite culture. His book Gilligan Unbound: Pop Culture in the Age of Globalization was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best non-fiction books of 2001. His essays on The Simpsons and South Park have been widely reprinted and anthologized. His most recent book in the field is The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV.