Meredith Martin

Meredith Martin
Meredith Martin
Associate Professor | Director of the Center for Digital Humanities
19 McCosh Hall
(609) 258-1863
Office Hours: 
Spring 2021: Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. & Mondays 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. & by appointment.

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. She has been building and directing, since 2007, the Princeton Prosody Archive, which contains writing on poetics, prosody, rhetoric, grammar, speech, and literary history published between 1570-1923. Princeton graduate student Mary Naydan is the project manager. In 2015, Martin received the Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Fellowship for research on her current book project Before We Were Disciplines: Poetry at the Origin of Language. Additionally, she is working on on a poetic handbook called The Stories of Poetic Forms and a collection of essays, Prosody as Archive.  She 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, as well as Poetry@Princeton (

Selected Publications: 

Recent Work

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.