Academics

Erik P. Ankerberg, Ph.D.
Professor of English (2004)

Education

  • B.A., Concordia University, River Forest, Ill.
  • M.A., Ph.D., Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis.

Biography

My research explores the relationship between material culture and the Christian tradition. In particular, I explore the intersection of Reformation theology, specifically Lutheran theology and the works of Williams, Shakespeare, John Donne, George Herbert and John Milton. I am currently working on a larger project that analyzes the "mystical union" between Christ and the Christian as it appears in the literature of early modern England.

Courses Taught

  • British Literature 1 and 2
  • Civilization and Literature
  • Contemporary Trends in Literature
  • Expository Writing
  • Foundations of a Liberal Arts Education
  • Major British Authors, 17th Century
  • Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • Renaissance and Reformation (interdisciplinary study of both periods)
  • Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature
  • Shakespeare 1 and 2
  • Undergraduate Research

Memberships

  • Society for Reformation Studies
  • Conference on Christianity and Literature
  • Center for Study of Lutheran Orthodoxy

Publications

“Johann Gerhard and George Herbert: The ‘Veiled Lutheran and the Irenic Writer.”
(Under review for publication in Reformation and Renaissance Review)

“You Taught the Book of Life My Name: Johann Gerhard, George Herbert and the Inscription of Holy Baptism.” Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology. Reformation, 2003.

“The Function and Fulfillment of the Sacerdotal Office in Paradise Lost.” The Cresset. Easter, 2000.

“The Classical Education Movement and Lutheran Schools” (with Dr. Gene Edward Veith). Lutheran Education. November/December 1999.

“Theological Literacy and Lutheran Education.” Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology. Epiphany, 1999.

Presentations

"'One Creation Will Not Suffice Our Turn': Herbert and the Vocations of the Baptized." Conference on George Herbert’s Living Legacies "George Herbert’s Pastoral: Poetry and Priesthood, Past and Future," Sarum College, Salisbury, UK, 2007.

"Johann Gerhard and George Herbert: The ‘Veiled Lutheran and the Irenic Writer." Society for Reformation Studies 14th Annual Conference "Eirenicism in the Reformation," Westminster College, Cambridge, UK, 2007.

"'Aaron’s drest': George Herbert and the Iconic Roles of the Priest and Poet." Center for Early Modern Studies Conference: Icons and Iconoclasts: The Long Seventeenth Century, 1603 to 1714, University of Aberdeen, UK, 2006.

"A 'heart / Too great for what contains it': Coriolanus as Reformation Tragedy." Seventeenth Waterloo Conference on Elizabethan Theatre: Religion and Theatre, University of Waterloo, Canada, 2005.

"A Creation Every Moment"”: The Anticipation of Judgment and Rescue in Herbert’s

"Nature." Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature, Campbellsville University, 2005.

"Turned Inside Out: The Movement Through the Texts of Johann Gerhard and George Herbert." Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature, Bluffton College, 2003.

"You Taught the Book of Life My Name: Johann Gerhard, George Herbert, and the Inscription of Holy Baptism." Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature, University of Dayton, 2002.

"Faith Puts Me There With Him." Michigan Council of Arts and Sciences Annual Conference, Central University Michigan, 2001.

"Actions Speak Loudly Through Words: The Relationship Among Language, Action, and Morality in Owen Wister’s The Virginian." Spiritual Frontiers 2000, Brigham Young University, 2000.

"The Function and Fulfillment of the Sacerdotal Office in Paradise Lost." Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, Campbellsville University, 2000.