Thomas R. Schneider, Ph.D.

Thomas R. Schneider, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

Department: Arts & Sciences
Office Phone: (951) 343-3975
Email Address:
Office Location: Tyler Plaza, Suite 390
Office Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 8 AM - 12 PM (and by appointment)


Degree Major Emphasis Institution Date
Ph.D. English University of California, Riverside 2013
M.A. English University of California, Riverside 2010
B.A. English and Latin Calvin College 2007

Additional Education

University Teaching Certificate, University of California, Riverside, 2013

Online Teaching and Learning Certificate, California Baptist University, 2014

Classes Taught

Survey of British Literature 1 (English 213)

Shakespeare Studies (English 413)

Topics in World Literature: Early Epic Poetry (English 303)

Introduction to Literature (English 201)

Language Structure and Acquisition (English 463/563)

Young Adult Literature (English 363)

Children's Literature / Introduction to Children's Literature (English 353)

Detective Fiction (English 360)

Senior Project (English 499)

Multicultural Literature (English 313)

Composition (English 113)

Intermediate Composition (English 123)

Academic Areas / Scholarly Interests

14th- and 15th-Century British Literature

Metrical and Alliterative Arthurian Romance, Geoffrey Chaucer, Sir Thomas Malory, William Langland

12th-Century French Literature

Medieval Literature

Critical Theory of Motion, Space, Place

Early Modern/Renaissance Literature

Shakespeare Studies

Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

Five years of teaching experience in English at the University of California, Riverside

Research, Presentations, and Publications

Schneider, Thomas R. "The Chivalric Masculinity of Marie de France's Shape-Changers." Arthuriana. (Forthcoming).
Schneider, Thomas R. Motion in Late Medieval English Literature: Impulse, Randomization, Acceleration. University of California, Riverside. 2013.
Schneider, Thomas R. "Review of Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages: A Reader, ed. Brett Edward Whalen." Comitatus. Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA. 2012.
Schneider, Thomas R. "Review of ‘This Earthly Stage’: World and Stage in Late Medieval and Early Modern England, Brett D. Hirsch and Christopher Wortham." Comitatus. Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA. 2012.
Contributed to: Allen, Mark, and Stephanie Amsel, eds. "An Annotated Chaucer Bibliography, 2013." Studies in the Age of Chaucer 36. (Forthcoming 2015).
"Chaucer's Physics: Motion in The House of Fame." New Chaucer Society Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, July 15-20, 2014.
"Chaucer, Mimesis, and the Fantastic in A Midsummer Night's Dream." Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association Conference, Riverside, October 31-November 2, 2014.
“Medieval Landscape and the Empire of Signs.” Medieval Academy of America 2013 Annual Meeting, Knoxville, April 4-6, 2013.
“‘In a wildernesse, wist I never where’: Wandering and the Romance Landscape in the Piers Plowman B-Text.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association Conference, Seattle, October 19-21, 2012.
“Landscape, Aesthetics, and War in the Poetry of Laurence Minot.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association Conference, Claremont, CA, November 5-6, 2011.
“Knightly Pagans, Monsters, and Bamboo Lances: The East in Wolfram’s Parzival.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 9-12, 2011.
“Containment, Dualism, and the Poetics of Fading in the Works of Robert Lowell and the Beowulf-Poet.” American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco May 27-30, 2010. 

Church Membership / Activities

I am an active member and paricipant in small group study at The River Christian Reformed Church in Redlands.

Interests / Hobbies / Travel / Family


Hiking and mountain climbing



Personal Quote / Scripture / Philosophy of Education

"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become."
- C. S. Lewis
"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled."
- Plutarch
"For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face."
- 1 Corinthians 13:12, NRSV

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