Department of English

University of Toronto

Sergi, Matthew

Matthew SergiMatthew Sergi
Assistant Professor
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 812
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Ph.D., English and Medieval Studies (University of California-Berkeley), B.F.A., Drama and English (New York University).

Matthew Sergi is an Assistant Professor of English, specializing in Early English Drama. In 2011, he got his Ph.D. in English and Medieval Studies from the University of California-Berkeley, where his dissertation work and publications on the biblical plays of the Chester cycle earned him numerous honours, including the Medieval Academy of America's Schallek Award and the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society's Palmer Award. Before coming to the U of T, Matt spent two years as an Assistant Professor of English at Wellesley College, where he continued his research on the Chester plays, which will take its final shape as his first book -- Play Texts and Public Practice in the Chester Cycle, c.1421-1607. The book investigates how the unscripted festive practices of Chester's citizens shaped, and were shaped by, the dramatic scripts they left behind. Matt did his undergraduate work at NYU, where he also studied Drama at the Tisch School of the Arts (he's still an active indie/experimental theatre-maker, bringing a practical understanding of theatre into all his research and teaching). His secondary research interest is in the History of the English Language (especially in its very old and very new forms).

Research Interests:
Early English Drama, Dramatic Literature, History of the English Language



 "Staging Food and Drink at Chester." In Medieval English Theatre 31 (2011 for 2009), 89-136. "Dice at Chester's Passion." In The Chester Cycle in Context, 1555-1575: Religion, Drama, and the Impact of Change, eds. Ostovich, Klausner, and Dell (Ashgate, 2012): 65-78.

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