Sonja Drimmer is Associate Professor of the History of Art & Architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her BA from Brown University and her PhD from Columbia University, and is a founding fellow in the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. Drimmer is a scholar of medieval European art with expertise in illuminated manuscripts and early print, and her monograph, The Art of Allusion: Illuminators and the Making of English Literature, 1403-1476 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018)—the first art historical study dedicated to the emergence of the Middle English literary canon as an illustrated corpus—was awarded High Commendation for Exemplary Scholarship by the Historians of British Art Book Prize. Other publications include the special issue of Digital Philology she edited in 2020, Manual Impressions: Visualizing Print in Manuscript, c.1450-1850, and “Connoisseurship, Art History, and the Paleographical Impasse in Middle English Studies,” Speculum (2022). At UMass she regularly teaches courses on European manuscripts and early printed books and has been collaborating for several years with the librarians in Special Collections and University Archives to build a teaching collection of manuscripts, early printed books, and facsimiles.

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