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Martha Driver

Distinguished Professor

Dyson College of Arts & Sciences

English - NYC

Location
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    41 Park Row 1525

Biography


Martha W. Driver is Distinguished Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at Pace University in New York City. A co-founder of the Early Book Society for the study of manuscripts and printing history, she writes about illustration from manuscript to print, book production, and the early history of publishing. In addition to publishing some 45 articles in these areas, she has edited eighteen journals over fifteen years, including Film & History: Medieval Period in Film and the Journal of the Early Book Society. Her books about pictures (from manuscript miniatures to woodcuts to film) include The Image in Print: Book Illustration in Late Medieval England (British Library Publications and University of Toronto), An Index of Images in English MSS, fascicle four, with Michael Orr (Brepols), and The Medieval Hero on Screen and Shakespeare and the Middle Ages, with Sid Ray (McFarland).

Education


PhD , University of Pennsylvania , 1980

MA , University of Pennsylvania , 1975

A.B. , Vassar College , 1974

Awards and Honors

    2003 - Dyson Distinguished Achievement Award 2002 - NYSERNET Sponsored Education Grant 2001 - National Science Foundation Grant
  • Houghton Library, Harvard University , 1996 - Rodney G. Dennis Fellow in the Study of Manuscripts
  • 1995 - American Council of Learned Societies Travel Grant
  • Pace University , 1995 - Fellow, Society of Fellows of the Dyson College
  • 1995 - NEH Research Tools Grant
  • Pace University , 1994 - Fellow, Society of Fellows of the Dyson College
  • Folger Shakespeare Library , 1994 - Seminar Participant, Folger Institute
  • 1990 - American Philosophical Society Grant 1990 - NEH Travel to Collections Grant
  • Pace University , 1990 - Scholarly Research Grant
  • 1988 - NEH Fellowship for College Teachers 1987 - Bibliographical Society of America Fellowship 1987 - NEH Travel to Collections Grant 1986 - NEH Travel to Collections Grant
  • Pace University , 1986 - Summer Research Grant
  • Columbia University, 1982 - NEH Summer Seminar
  • University of Pennsylvania , 1977 - Lectureship in English
  • 1975 - Teaching Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

Publications


Driver, M. W. "The wise book of philosophy and astronomy" and "How men that ben in hele sholde visite sike folk". Jeanne Krochalis and Edward Peters (Eds.), The World of Piers Plowman. .

Driver, M. W. (2014). Derek Pearsall secret shakespearean?. Kathy Kerby-Fulton and John Thompson with Sarah Baechle and Amanda Bohne (Eds.), New directions in medieval manuscript studies and reading practices: Essays in honour of Derek Pearsall's 80th Birthday. University of Notre Dame Press.

Driver, M. W. (2014). Essays in honour of A. S .G. Edwards. Carol M. Meale and Derek Pearsall (Eds.), Boydell. , pages 34 - 47.

Driver, M. W. (2014). Pageants Reconsidered. Carol M. Meale and Derek Pearsall (Eds.), Makers and users of medieval books: Essays in honour of A. S .G. Edwards. Boydell. , pages 34 - 47.

Driver, M. W. (2014). Public Chaucer: Multimedia approaches to teaching Chaucer in middle english. Francis Grady and Peter W. Travis (Eds.), Approaches to Teaching Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. New York, New York, USA: MLA Publications.

Driver, M. W. (2014, June 15). Shakespeare and the medieval world. Vol 67 (Issue 2) , pages 710-712.

Driver, M. W. (2014, March 15). “Beowulf and new media". Allen J. Frantzen, H.D. Chickering, and R.F. Yeager (Eds.), Teaching beowulf in the twenty-first century. Arizona State University Press. , pages 45-53.

Driver, M. W. (2013). "How the page matters" by Bonnie Mak. Vol 88 (Issue 1)

Driver, M. W. (2013). 'By me Elysabeth Pykeryng': Women and book production in the early tudor period. Emma Cayley and Susan Powell (Eds.), Manuscripts and printed books in europe 1350-1550: Packaging, presentation and consumption. University of Liverpool Press.

Driver, M. W. (2013). Poetry as prayer: John Audelay's 'Salutation to St. Bridget'. Nicole Rice (Eds.), Middle english religious writing in practice. Brepols.

Driver, M. W. (2013). Preaching the word. Veronica O'Mara (Eds.), Brepols.

Driver, M. W. (2013). Woodcuts and decorative techniques. Vincent Gillespie and Susan Powell (Eds.), A companion to the early printed book in britain (1476-1558). .

Driver, M. W. (2012). “Women in england in the middle ages” by Jennifer Ward. , pages 69-76.

Driver, M. W. (2012, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Making medievalism: Teaching the middle ages through film. R.F. Yeager and Toshiyuki Takamiya (Eds.), The medieval python: The purposive and provocative work of Terry Jones. New York, New York, USA: Palgrave Macmillan.

PRESENTATIONS


Driver, M. W. (2014, July). The Work of Scribes, The Book in Practice, a session of the New Chaucer Society Congress. Looking Again at Ricardus Franciscus: A Case Study in the History of the Book. Reykjavik, Iceland

Driver, M. W. (2014, June 30). III International Congress of The John Gower Society. "Translating Gower for Modern Readers," with Gene Richie. University of Rochester

Driver, M. W. (2014, June 30). III International Congress of The John Gower Society. More Light on Ricardus Franciscus: New York, Morgan MS M. 126. University of Rochester

Driver, M. W. (2014, April 22). "Translating Medieval Tales of Magic and the Middle East," a talk with Gene Richie and four of my students. Birnbaum Library and the English Dept Faculty Forum, New York, NY

Driver, M. W. (2012). The International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University

Driver, M. W. (2012, April). The Digital Middle Ages and Renaissance. NYU Humanities Institute

RESEARCH INTEREST ---


Medieval manuscripts and early printing history representations of medieval women films with medieval themes

MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS

  • EBS (Early Book Society) Website [Other]
    http://www.nyu.edu/projects/EBS/
  • Middle Ages on Film [Other], 2013
    Curated Middle Ages on Film: Vikings! and Middle Ages on Film: Shakespeare!, Anthology Film Archives (October-December 2013), listed with my name and Pace affiliation in descriptive brochures of fifteen featured films (which I wrote). Both series were discussed in the New York Times (“Check out the legs on that Viking!” October 18, 2013) and New Yorker on Chimes at Midnightin a longer essay (Nov. 25, 2013), as well as in their weekly listings for fall 2013; I introduced five of the films.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Association Internationale de Bibliophile
  • Bibliographical Society of America
  • College Art Association
  • Early Book Society
  • International Arthurian Society
  • Medieval Club of New York
  • Modern Humanities Research Association (UK)
  • Modern Language Association
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • The Bibliographical Society
  • The International Center of Medieval Art
  • The Medieval Academy of America
  • The New Chaucer Society
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