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Sonja Drimmer

Associate Professor | Medieval Art

(413) 545-3603

South College W315

Sonja Drimmer is Associate Professor of Medieval Art and Architecture. Her teaching ranges widely across the period of c.500 to 1500 to cover art produced in Europe, western Asia, the Levant, and northern Africa.

Professor Drimmer's 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 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.

Professor Drimmer is on leave in 2019-2020.

Research Areas

Medieval Art


For copies of Professor Drimmer’s publications and a recent CV, please visit her page.

Courses Recently Taught

Courses Recently Taught

  • ART-HIST 305/605 Early Medieval Art
  • ART-HIST 307/607 Romanesque and Gothic Art
  • ART-HIST 392m The Medieval Art of Death
  • ART-HIST 705 The Lost Art of Medieval Britain: Absence and Recovery
  • ART-HIST 705 The Art of the Book: Late Medieval Manuscript Illumination 
  • ART-HIST 781 Graduate Methods of Art History