Geographies of Orthodoxy: mapping the English-Pseudo-Bonaventuran Lives of Christ, c. 1350-1550

Project start date: 2006-11 Project end date: 2010-08
Geographies of Orthodoxy offers a new account of an English devotional phenomenon and affective literary tradition usually characterised as ‘pseudo-Bonaventuran’ by modern commentators. Geographies of Orthodoxy proposes to examine and make openly accessible through the latest electronic means the entire material remains of the anglophone pseudo-Bonaventuran tradition. The handmade books belonging to this tradition that were copied, owned and read in the period have never before been systematically analysed, yet these provide a key means for understanding the aspirations and motives of the people who created and fulfilled the obvious demand for reading material containing such emotional and politicised representations of Christ’s life. The relevant extant manuscript miscellanies and anthologies also reflect the interests and identities of more than one generation of book producers, readers and owners. The 1350-1550 period is marked by many different examples of religious controversy and uncertainty, especially those associated with ‘Lollardy’ and ‘the Reformation’. Pseudo-Bonaventuran writings can be seen as offering an historically significant corpus, sometimes because of their role in the debates over Wycliffite translation programmes, or through forms of censorship and other responses to religious heterodoxy, real or imagined.
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CollatingData analysis
Content analysisData analysis
General website developmentData publishing and dissemination
IndexingData analysis
Resource sharingCommunication and collaboration
Resource sharingData publishing and dissemination
Searching and queryingData analysis
Statistical analysisData analysis
Text miningData analysis
Textual interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
User contributed contentData publishing and dissemination
Funding sources: 
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
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Source material used:  
circa 100 manuscripts in Libraries and archives in the UK, Ireland, North America and Japan, identified as belonging to the Middle English presudo-Bonaventuran tradition and the texts beloinging to that corpus.
Digital resource created:  
Our electronic outputs are comprised of extensive textual profiles, completed by Allan Westphall at St Andrews, and detailed codicological descriptions of pseudo-Bonaventuran MSS completed by Ryan Perry at Queen’s Belfast. In 2010 we intend to map the texts and MSS dialectically, providing users with an interactive means of visualising project data and the connections and relationships our findings suggest between the texts and MSS of the English Pseudo-Bonaventuran tradition. For a preview of the resources visit http://www.qub.ac.uk/geographies-of-orthodoxy/discuss/2009/09/02/previewing-the-projects-electronic-resources/.
Access to digital resource:  
Restricted Access

Institutions affiliated with this project: 

UK HE institutions involved:
Queen's University Belfast
University of St Andrews

Project staff and expertise: 

Principal staff member:Professor John Thompson PI, Dr Ian Johnson and Dr Stephen Kelly CIs
Other staff:PhD student(s), Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)
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Author(s) of recordJohn Thompson
TitleGeographies of Orthodoxy: mapping the English-Pseudo-Bonaventuran Lives of Christ, c. 1350-1550
Record created2010-09-30
Record updated2010-09-30 16:50
URL of recordhttp://www.arts-humanities.net/node/3648
Citation of recordJohn Thompson: Geographies of Orthodoxy: mapping the English-Pseudo-Bonaventuran Lives of Christ, c. 1350-1550. <http://www.arts-humanities.net/node/3648> created: 2010-09-30, last updated 2010-09-30 16:50

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