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Andrew Cutrofello: This Quintessence of Dust, and the Hand That Writ It

Season 3, Ep. 9

We have a special bonus episode of The Grindstone today!

Years ago, Matthew interviewed Dr. Andrew Cutrofello, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, during Dr. Cutrofello's visit to Purdue to give an Illuminations Lecture. We video recorded this interview on 21 November 2013. Consider this a basement tape, a demo of sorts. The audio is a little quiet in places as we converted it from video, and it is definitely unrehearsed, factual errors and all. 

Matthew and Dr. Cutrofello discuss among other topics: Shakespeare's Sonnet 71, the meta-poetics of contemporary and Shakespearean poetry, meta-references to the act of writing in Sonnet 71 and the physical act of writing poetry by hand (i.e., chirographically) vs. with the aide of technology, Hamlet as an interlocutor of philosophers, their favorite film versions of Hamlet and the range of potential and actual performances, Shakespeare in contemporary culture and contemporary culture's relation to Elizabethan culture, and the Shakespeare role they would love most to play.

Dr. Cutrofello's book, All for Nothing: Hamlet's Negativity, was published by the MIT Press (2014).

You can watch his Illuminations lecture, "On the Idea of Metaphysical Poetry", here.

Enjoy, and thanks for listening!

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