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Scott Crider, Ph.D.

Scott Crider received his Ph.D. from University of California, Riverside.  His research interests include Shakespeare and rhetoric. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Shakespeare
  • Rhetoric and Composition


  • B.A., M.A. California State University, Sacramento
  • M.Th., The University of Dallas
  • Ph.D. University of California, Riverside

Recent Courses

  • Across the Core
  • The Seven Arts of Language
  • Literary Traditions I,  II,  III,  IV  
  • The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Language and Liberal Education
  • Advanced Composition and the Teaching of Writing
  • The Art of the English Sentence
  • Classical Rhetoric
  • Aristotle's Rhetoric
  • The Figures of Speech
  • Classical Epic:  Homer and Vergil
  • Dante
  • Dante and Milton (with John Alvis)
  • Shakespeare's Plays
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets and Narrative Poems
  • Literary Study I: The Lyric
  • Literary Study II: Prose Narrative

Research Interests

  • The English Renaissance
  • The Rhetorical Tradition, Ancient and Modern
  • The History and Character of Liberal Education
  • The English Bible as Literature

Selected Publications

  • An Art of Persuasion: Aristotle's Rhetoric for Everybody.  Sandala Inc., forthcoming.
  • With What Persuasion: An Essay on Shakespeare and the Ethics of Rhetoric (Studies in Shakespeare, Vol. 18). New York: Peter Lang, 2009.
  • The Office of Assertion: An Art of Rhetoric for the Academic Essay. Wilmington, Delaware: ISI Books, 2005.
  • "Figures Unethical:  Circumlocution and Evasion in Macbeth."  The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy.  Eds. Craig Bourne and Emily Caddick Bourne.  London:  Routledge, [forthcoming].
  • "The Test:  Narrating God, Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22:1-19," Literary  Imagination 19:2 (July 2017): 148-164. 
  • "Why My Favorite Nun Was Right: The Recovery and Renewal of the Liberal Arts of Language for a Liberal Education" in The Imaginative Conservative, June 26, 2017.
  • "When a Metaphor Becomes Matter for a Christian: John 6:22-59 and the Rhetorical Poetics of Christianity" in Renovatio, April 28, 2017.
  • "Shakespeare and the Figures of Speech." The Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia.  Ed. Bruce Smith, et al.  Cambridge:  Cambridge UP, 2016.
  • "Portia's Powerful Tongue:  The Ethics of Lady Rhetoric in The Merchant of Venice."  Arts of Liberty 1:2 (Summer 2014):  1-17.
  • "Love's Book of Honor and Shame:  Shakespeare's Sonnets and Lyric Flourishing."  Souls with Longing: Representations of Honor and Love in Shakespeare.  Eds. Bernard J. Dobski and Dustin Gish.  Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books, 2011. 293-302.
  • "An Art of Gathering Scattered Humanity:  Ciceronian Civic Humanism and the Defense of Responsible Rhetoric in De Oratore."  Ramify 2 (2011):  67-92.
  • "Lyric Bearing:  Shakespeare's Sonnet 116, Vergil's Aeneid and the Ship of Metaphor."  The Garden of Lyric.  Ed. Bainard Cowan.  Dallas:  Dallas Institute for Culture and the Humanities P, 2011.  105-119.
  • "The Human Bond, Broken and Mended: Ciceronian Sin and Redemption in King Lear."  In Bloom's Literary Themes:  Sin and Redemption.  Ed. Harold Bloom and Blake Hobby.  New York:  Chelsea House Publishers, 2010.  135-145.
  • "Lyric Breath:  Taking Seriously the Trope of Immortality in Shakespeare's Sonnets," in Core Texts, Community and Culture:  Working Together for Liberal Education.  Association for Core Texts and Courses:  Selected Annual Proceedings from the 2004 Annual Conference.  Ed. J. Scott Lee and Ron Weber, et al.  Lanham, MD:  UP of America Press, 2010.  97-102.
  • "Eloquence Repaired: Thomas Wilson's New Myth of the Origin and Nature of Oratory" in Talking Renaissance Texts: Essays in Honor of Stanley Stewart, ed. M. Thomas Hester and Jeffrey Kahan. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2009. 248-265.
  • "The Golden Amphora: Alienation and Tradition in Homer's Iliad" in Bloom's Literary Themes: Alienation. Ed. Harold Bloom and Blake G. Hobby. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 2009.
  • "Through Nurture and Good Advisement: Paulina, Ideal Orator of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale."Cithara47.2 (May, 2008): 17-36.
  • "Looking There: The Literary and the Dialectical in a Class on King Lear" in King Lear: Ignatius Critical Edition, ed. Joseph Pearce. Ft. Collins, Colorado: Ignatius Press, 2008: 285-295.
  • "Rhetorical Poetics and Shakespeare Studies: A Review Essay of Heinrich Plett's Rhetoric and Renaissance Culture," The Ben Jonson Journal 14.2 (November, 2007): 268-284.