Martin Foys

Martin Foys
Associate Professor
7183 Helen C. White Hall
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Old English literature and Anglo-Saxon culture, medieval studies and popular culture, media theory and history, digital medievalism, digital humanities

For a complete CV and updated research, see my website.


Ph.D., English, Loyola University Chicago 

B.A., English, Drew University

Selected Publications

Virtually Anglo-Saxon: New Media, Old Media, and Early Medieval Studies in the Late  Age of Print. (Gainesville: University Press of Florida), 2007.

The Digital Edition of the Bayeux Tapestry (Woodbridge/Leicester: Boydell & Brewer/SDE), 2003 [CD-ROM] and 2013 [Online].

The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer), with Dan Terkla and Karen Overbey, 2009.

“Medieval Manuscripts: Media Archaeology and the Digital Incunable,” for The Medieval Manuscript Book: Cultural Approaches, eds. M. Van Dussen and M. Johnston, for Cambridge University Press, 2015 (forthcoming).

“Sensual Philologies,” for postmedieval, 5.4 (2014), ed. M. Warren, volume on Philologies and the Futures of Humanism (forthcoming).

“Media: Some Aphorisms Disguised as Maxims” & “Desiring and Denying Communication: Media in ‘The Husband’s Message’.” A Handbook to Anglo-Saxon Studies (Critical Theory Handbooks), ed. Jacqueline A. Stodnick and Renée R. Trilling (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell), 2012, 133-148.

"Vanishing Transliteracies in Beowulf and Samuel Pepys’ Diary” (with Whitney Trettien). Essays and Studies –‘Textual Cultures: Cultural Texts,’ ed. Elaine Treharne and Orietta Da Rold  (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer), 2010, 75-120.

"An Unfinished Mappamundi from Late Eleventh-Century Worcester: CCCC 265 and the Evidence for a Family of Late Anglo-Saxon Maps." Anglo-Saxon England 35 (2006): 271-284.

Personal Statement

The core of my work concerns pre- and post-Conquest England, with special attention to the intersection of literature and other visual, material and media modes of cultural expression – e.g. maps, tapestries and sculpture, and, most recently, more ephemeral and abstracted aspects of Anglo-Saxon expressive production – auditory culture, technological alteration of bodies, transliteracies and ecologies of media forms, and the process of temporal decay or obsolescence. Recent work includes an essay on “Media” for the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies, and co-editing a volume of articles on “Becoming Media” for the journal postmedieval,  for which submissions were also vetted through an experimental on-line crowd review. I am currently at work on a book on the nature of Anglo-Saxon media and direct the DM Project, an online environment for the study and annotation of images and texts through the generation of linked and annotated data.