Robert C. Rice, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Department of English Language and Literature


Contact information:

Robert C. Rice, Ph.D.
134 Christendom Dr.
Front Royal, VA 22630


B.A., University of California at Los Angeles
M.A., D.A., University of Oregon, English
Ph.D., University of Oregon, English

Classes Taught

  • Rhetoric and Composition,
  • Composition and Critical Reading
  • Literature of Western Civilization I-IV,C
  • Classical and Early Christian Literature
  • Medieval English Literature
  • The Literature of Anglo-Saxon England
  • The Age of Chaucer
  • Literature of Medieval Christendom
  • History of Britain I
  • Renaissance English Literature
  • Shakespeare: Comedies & Romances
  • Shakespeare: Histories & Tragedies
  • Milton, English Romantic & Victorian Literature
  • History of the English Language
  • Old English (Language)
  • Western Artistic Heritage (with H. Reed Armstrong)
  • Special Topics in Literature: The Icelandic Sagas
  • Special Topics in Literature: Dostoevsky’s Novels
  • Honors Seminar: The Dream of the Rood


Trail-blazing, then maintaining The Christendom Trails, Runology

Areas of expertise

Old and Middle English language and literature; Germanic philology

Selected Scholarship

The Dream of the Rood and the Practice of Penitential Meditation, with a translation of The Dream of the Rood,” Faith and Reason XXX. Nos. 3 & 4 (Autumn and Winter 2005). 297-334.

Over 200 columns of The Middle English Dictionary, Fascicles M-S, Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1976-1990.

“The Penitential Motif in Cynewulf’s Fates of the Apostles and in His Epilogues,”Anglo-Saxon England 6 (1977)

Hreowcearig ‘Penitent, Contrite’,” English Language Notes 12, No. 4 (June, 1975)

“Sehnsucht and Joy,” Bulletin of the New York C. S. Lewis Society 4, No. 8 (June, 1973)

Assistant Editor. Common Faith. Christendom Publications. numerous unsigned articles. 1981-82

Numerous book reviews, Reflections… The Wanderer Review of Literature, Culture, the Arts, 1982-90; The University Bookman, 1997

Editorial Board, book reviews, Faith & Reason, Christendom Press, 1982-current

Professional Affiliations

The Association of Literary Scholars & Critics

The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars

The International Society of Anglo-Saxonists

The Medieval Academy of America

National Association of Scholars