With What Persuasion

An Essay on Shakespeare and the Ethics of Rhetoric

by Scott F. Crider (Author)
©2009 Monographs XII, 212 Pages
Series: Studies in Shakespeare, Volume 18


Although there are a number of book-length studies of rhetoric in Shakespeare’s plays, With What Persuasion discerns a distinctly Shakespearean ethics of the art of rhetoric in them. In this interdisciplinary book, Scott F. Crider draws upon the Aristotelian traditions of poetics, rhetoric, and ethics to show how Shakespeare addresses fundamental ethical questions that arise during the public and private rhetorical situations Shakespeare represents in his plays. Informed by the Greek, Roman, and English poetic and rhetorical traditions, With What Persuasion offers close readings of a selection of plays – Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Henry the 5th, All’s Well That Ends Well, Othello, Measure for Measure, and The Winter’s Tale – to answer universal questions about human speech and association, answers that refute a number of contemporary literary and rhetorical theory’s assumptions about language and power. Crider argues that this Shakespearean ethics could assist us in our own historical moment as we in the liberal, multicultural West try to refound, without coercion, ethical principles to bind us to one another.


XII, 212
ISBN (Hardcover)
Shakespeare, William Aristotle Classical rhetoric Virtue ethics Drama Rhetorik Ethik 1. Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616-Rhetoric. 2. S
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. XII, 212 pp.

Biographical notes

Scott F. Crider (Author)

The Author: An award-winning teacher, Scott F. Crider received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Riverside and is Associate Professor of English at the University of Dallas, where he teaches literature and composition and is Director of the Writing Program. He is a longtime member of the Shakespeare Association of America, and he regularly reviews books for The Ben Jonson Journal. He is also the author of The Office of Assertion: An Art of Rhetoric for the Academic Essay (2005).


Title: With What Persuasion