Martha Driver

Martha Driver

Distinguished Professor
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
English - NYC

Martha Driver

41 Park Row


Faculty Bio

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).

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


PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1980

MA, University of Pennsylvania, 1975

A.B., Vassar College, 1974

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

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

Courses Taught

Past Courses

INT 197: Cnflct & Rvltn in Erly Mdrn Eu
INT 296: Tpc: Medieval/Renaissance Lit
INT 298: Classical Reacting to the Past
INT 298: Lords, Ladies, and Avatars
INT 298: Reacting to the Past: Adv Tpc
INT 299: The (Virtual) Poet's Walk
LIT 211: Topics Mgcl Txt Mdvl to Modern
LIT 290: Fairy Tales:Medieval to Modern
LIT 290: Goddesses: Ancnt to Early Mdrn
LIT 350: Comparative Medieval Lit
LIT 358: History of the Book I
LIT 361: Chaucer
LIT 395: Independent Study-Literature
WS 220: The Medieval Woman
WS 267: Motherhood in European His/Lit
WS 296: Women in the Authurian Legends

Publications and Presentations


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

Professional Contributions and Service

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