Meredith Martin

Meredith Martin
Meredith Martin
Associate Professor | Director of the Center for Digital Humanities
19 McCosh Hall
(609) 258-1863
Office Hours: 
Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only via zoom

Meredith Martin specializes in anglophone poetry, historical prosody, historical poetics, poetry and public culture, and disciplinary and pedagogical history. She is the Faculty Director of the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton which started under her leadership in 2014. Her book, The Rise and Fall of Meter, Poetry and English National Culture, 1860-1930 (Princeton UP, 2012), was the winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book, the Warren Brooks Prize for Literary Criticism, and co-winner of the Sonya Rudikoff Prize for the Best First Book in Victorian Studies.  With several collaborators, she has been building since 2007, the Princeton Prosody Archive, which contains writing on poetics, prosody, rhetoric, grammar, speech, and literary history published between 1570-1923, and is the subject of her next book, Prosody as Archive. Princeton graduate student Mary Naydan has been the project manager of the PPA since 2019 and is currently a Bain Swigget Assistant in Research on the project. In 2015, Martin received the Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Fellowship for research on her book Before We Were Disciplines: Poetry at the Origin of Language. Additionally, she is working on a poetic handbook called The Stories of Poetic Forms and a co-written volume titled Data Work: Transforming Research in the Humanities with Zoe LeBlanc, Assistant Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Martin is an original member of the nineteenth-century Historical Poetics Reading Group that has met once per term since 2007 and has co-organized conferences with the eighteenth-century Historical Poetics reading group. She also oversees that website, with Princeton graduate student John Schultz, at historicalpoetics.org, where you can find much of the group’s recent scholarship and activities. Schultz is also a Bain Swigget Assistant in Research for the Princeton Prosody Archive. Martin serves on the Bain-Swigget Committee in the department of English and oversees the website Poetry@Princeton. She has recently begun to chair the Victorian Data Caucus of the North American Victorian Studies Association, and, along with Megan Ward, is co-editor of the forthcoming Nineteenth-Century Data Collective.

She welcomes graduate students working in historical poetics, historical prosody, Digital Humanities, computational literary study, the history of poetic forms, Comparative and Anglophone poetry from 1830 to the present day, disciplinary history and the history of education, and literary study in relation to other disciplines. In 2021 she was the recipient of the Princeton University Graduate Mentoring Award by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and is devoted to mentoring graduate students with both rigor and compassion. She is also an eager advisor for University Administrative Fellows, a program in which she has participated for several years.

Martin spends most of her time working on collective projects with the Center for Digital Humanities and the Historical Poetics Reading Group and is committed to the often-invisible labor of building infrastructures to support the creation of new knowledge – and new ways of communicating that knowledge – both in the humanities and across the humanities-oriented disciplines.

Martin is happy to serve as an advisor, reader, or co-advisor for projects that help undergraduate students complete the requirements for the Certificates in Applications in Computer Science, Statistics in Machine Learning Certificate, Journalism, Technology and Society, as well as the varieties of certificates also listed on the English Department website. She teaches undergraduate courses in 19th-century poetry, 20th-century poetry, Literature and War, Poetry and Public Culture, Introduction to Poetry, and is developing new courses in Transatlantic 19th-century poetry and religious culture with graduate student Tenisha McDonald and a new course on Understanding and Exploring Humanities Data with Computer Science Professor Brian Kernighan.

For all general questions about DH at Princeton, please see cdh.princeton.edu. If you have an idea for a project or would like to request a consultation, please start here: https://cdh.princeton.edu/engage/consult/

Selected Publications: 


2021    “The Poetry of the Past” Avidly a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

2021    “The Poetry of the Future” January 29. Avidly a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

2021    “Prosody and Metre: Twentieth Century” with Ben Glaser, Yale University Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature.

2020    “Prosody” Oxford Encyclopedia of Literary Theory part of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia.

2019    “Essays from the English Institute, 2017: Scale” in English Literary History Volume 86, Number 2, Summer 2019 pp. 267-274 with Sandra Macpherson.

2019    “Women’s Poetry, Women’s Vision, Women’s Power” Victorian Studies. Volume 61, Number 2, Winter 2019, 216-221.

2019    “Prosody” in The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women’s Poetry (Cambridge UP) edited by Linda K. Hughes, 28-44.

2019    “Prosody and Metre: Early Modern to Nineteenth Century” Oxford Bibliographies in British and  Irish Literature. 

2019    “Picturing Rhythm” in Critical Rhythm: The Poetics of a Literary Life Form (Fordham UP) edited by Jonathan Culler and Benjamin Glaser, 197-221.

2018    “Poetry” Victorian Literature and Culture, 56. 3-4, Fall/Winter 2018, 802-806.

2018    “’Imperfectly Civilized: Ballads, Nations, and Histories of Form” Arcade: Colloquy on Prosody, editors Erik Weiskott and Natalie Gerber, reprinted from ELH, 82.2, 345-363, 2015.

2015     “Versification” in The Pocket Instructor: Literature (Princeton: Princeton UP) edited by Diana Fuss and William Gleason, 40-44.

2015    Entries on “Robert Bridges” (3,500 words)  “Prosody” (3,500 words) for Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature (Wiley-Blackwell), edited by Dino F. Felluga (Purdue), Pamela K. Gilbert   (University of Florida), and Linda K. Hughes (Texas Christian University).

2015    “’Imperfectly Civilized: Ballads, Nations, and Histories of Form” ELH, 82.2, 345-363.

2015    Entries on “Robert Bridges” (3,500 words)  “Prosody” (3,500 words) in The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature (Wiley-Blackwell), edited by Dino F. Felluga, Pamela K. Gilbert, and Linda K. Hughes.

2014    “Georgian Poetry and the “Genteel’ Tradition,” with Erin Kappeler, in A Companion to Modernist Poetry(London: Wiley-Blackwell), edited by David Chinitz and Gail Macdonald(University of Southampton) with Erin Kappeler. 197-208.

2013    “Gerard Manley Hopkins and Sacred Language” Special Issue of Religion and Literature edited by Martin DuBois 45.2, 166-180.

2013    “Alice Meynell” in The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry, (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013) edited by Matthew Bevis, 579-590.        

2013    “Was there a Decadent Metre at the Fin de Siècle?” in Decadent Poetics (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), edited by Jason David Hall and Alex Murray, 46-64.

2013    “Rupert Brooke’s Ambivalent Mourning, Ezra Pound’s Anticipatory Nostalgia” in Modernism and Nostalgia (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) edited by Tammy Clewall 183-197.