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Gideon Burton

Assistant Professor

4155 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602



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Student Consultations

Monday 2-4pm
Also available via Skype (gideon.burton) or by appt.


Student Organization Advisors English Society


British Literature, Rhetoric and Composition

Sub specializations

Renaissance and Digital Rhetoric


Gideon Burton, a member of the English Department since 1994, specializes in Renaissance literature, the history of rhetoric, and Mormon literature and criticism. He maintains two academic websites, Silva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric and The Mormon Literature Database. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Gideon attended the University of Utah briefly before attending and graduating from Brigham Young University in 1989. At the University of Southern California he received an M.A. in English in 1992, a Master of Professional Writing (MPW) degree in 1995, and his Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literature in 1994. He joined the BYU English Department faculty in 1994. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Springville, Utah. They are the parents of four sons.


MPW, Master of Professional Writing, University of Southern California, 1995
PhD, Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literature, U of Southern California, 1994
MA, English, University of Southern California, 1992

Courses Taught

ENGL 382 Shakespeare
ENGL 291 Early British Literary History
ENGL 268 / ENGL 368 Literature of the Latter-day Saints
ENGL 326 Digital Culture
ENGL 295 Advanced Writing
ENGL 211 / ENGL 212 Rhetoric and Civilization
ENGL 251 Intro to Literary Criticism


Silva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric
Academic Evolution

Research Interests

Rhetoric, Renaissance Studies, Digital Culture, Online Communication, Digital Pedagogy

Teaching Interests

Literature courses (surveys of early British literature and Renaissance literature; Shakespeare, introductory literature courses); courses in rhetoric (writing, history of civilization; style); courses in new media, podcasting, and applied digital communication.

Honors and Awards

  • Lifetime Award, Association for Mormon Letters

Professional Citizenship

  • Other, Sterling Scholar Awards (2015 - 2015)

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