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Special Lecture: Sonja Drimmer, University of Massachusetts Amherst
January 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
NHC Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellow
“’As if’: Scopic Regime Change and the Wars of the Roses”
What does it mean to “see politically”? Is there a distinct form of visuality that is solicited by images and objects relating to governance and its proper realm of action? This presentation will focus on rare survivals of ephemera produced during the Wars of the Roses. This ephemera altered the ways in which the empowered elite and the disenfranchised classes not only communicated with each other but also saw the world they inhabited and envisioned possibilities for its future.
Associate Professor Sonja Drimmer’s teaching ranges widely across the period of c. 500 to 1500 to cover art produced in Europe, western Asia, the Levant, and northern Africa. Her monograph, The Art of Allusion: Illuminators and the Making of English Literature, 1403-1476 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), is the first art-historical study dedicated to the emergence of the Middle English literary canon as an illustrated corpus. It is the recipient of an ICMA-Kress Research and Publication Grant, a Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Publication Grant, and a College Art Association Millard Meiss Publication Fund Grant.
While continuing to examine and publish on illuminated manuscripts of vernacular literature, she is currently at work on a second monograph devoted to the visual and material culture of politics in England at the end of the Middle Ages. Her articles and essays in both these subject areas have appeared in Gesta, Viator, Exemplaria, the Memoirs of the American Academy of Rome, Burlington Magazine, the British Library Journal, LIAS, the Journal for the Early Book Society, and numerous edited collections. Her research has received support and awards from the National Humanities Center, the Healey Endowment, the British Academy, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Warburg Institute, and many other institutions. She is also a founding member of the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. In 2019 she was recognized with the Medieval Academy of America’s CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as a College Outstanding Teaching Award from UMass Amherst.
Image credit: Chronicle of the History of the World from Creation to Woden, with a Genealogy of Edward IV, 1461-1464, Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 201
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