Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

After having spent the past two and a half years editing and transferring Gil Bailie’s cassette recordings of Reflections on Dante’s Divine Comedy to the world of digital audio, I am now ready to take on the next transition task. The backlog of material is substantial but what came to mind during this US presidential election’s political season was Gil Bailie’s reflections on Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. Below are a couple of short excerpts from the first part of this series which I think may pique your interest:

During the period prior to making these presentations Gil had been participating in the episodic seminars held Friday afternoons on the Stanford campus with René Girard and his students. Professor Girard had been preparing a compilation of articles on the bard’s work that was published in 1991 as A Theatre of Envy: William Shakespeare (Odeon). Five of the 38 chapters in his book deal with Julius Caesar. And for those familiar with Shakespeare’s plays it offers a wealth of practical insights into both Shakespeare and Girard’s mimetic theory.

The entire first part of Gil’s series is available on our webstore HERE. Forthcoming episodes of Julius Caesar and other Shakespeare plays will be posted to our store monthly. If you would like to follow these talks and have them sent to your email address each month, please consider becoming a regular monthly donor to the Cornerstone Forum. For a one time annual donation of $60 ( or a subscription of $5 per month for 12 months) we will add your email address to our list of supporters to our mendicant work and send you a monthly link to our complimentary downloadable MP3 file. Although CDs are quickly passing over the technological horizon, we still provide these without cost (via USPS) to those generous souls who sustain our efforts at the $300 per year level (or a subscription of $25 per month for 12 months). Our sustaining donors will also receive the monthly complimentary downloadable MP3 as well. Note: complimentary mailed CDs are only available to our supporters in the US due to the high cost of postage for non-US customers.

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