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Ernst Gerhardt

Ernst Gerhardt 

Associate Professor




L-706, R.D. Parker Building 

Sudbury Campus


705.675.1151 ext 3220705.675.1151 ext 3220

705.675.1151 ext


  • PhD., University of Alberta

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My primary areas of research and teaching are early modern English drama and creative writing. While my research focuses mainly on the religious drama of the early sixteenth century, my other areas of interest include early modern English history plays and historiography, the representation of food in medieval and early modern English drama, and, somewhat incongruously, hockey in the Canadian literary imagination.

My current research project, "Playing with Food," investigates the relationship between material food-practices and English drama in the late-fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, examining how they made sensible the limits of various collective communities—the parish and the commonwealth, for example—as well as how food materialized those communities as collective bodies.


"Feeding on the Body Politic: Consumption, Hunger, and Taste in Coriolanus." In Culinary Shakespeares. Eds. David Goldstein and Amy Tigner. Duquesne University Press. In press.

"Food Production in the Croxton Play of the Sacrament.Comparative Drama ​49.3 (2015): 313-33.

"John Bale's Adaptation of Parish- and Civiv-Drama's Playing Practices." Reformation. 19.1 (2014): 6-20.

"'Impoveryshyd and mad a beggar': Poverty and Widowhood in John Bale's King Johan." Reformation 14 (2009): 49-74.

"'We pray you all...To drink ere ye pass': Bann Criers, Parish Players, and the Henrican Reformation in England." Early Theatre 11.2 (2008): 57-88.

"'No quyckar merchaundyce than library bokes': John Bale's Commodification of Manuscript Culture." Renaissance Quarterly 60.2 (2007): 408-33.

“A Return on the Repressed: The Debt of History in Paul Ricoeur’s Time and Narrative.” Philosophy Today 48.3 (2004): 245-54.