My research interests include: medieval forms of spatial representation, with particular reference to travel writing and cartography and a side-interest in digital methodologies; contacts between the Latin West and non-Christian cultures in the late Middle Ages; medieval pilgrimage and pilgrimage accounts; medieval European literary and imaginative engagements with the wider world, in particular the Indies; reception studies; medieval books, readers, and reading. You can hear me talking about India’s most Famous mythological emperor, Prester John, on In Our Time (4 June 2015).
At present, my research is principally focussed on medieval travel and pilgrimage texts. I am currently exploring the textual and reception history of the influential late-medieval translation of The Book of Sir John Mandeville known as the Vulgate Latin version. Forthcoming articles on this include ‘Richard Hakluyt and the ‘Vulgate Latin’ Version of Mandeville’s Travels and ‘Imperial Fantasies in Three Fourteenth-Century Versions of Mandeville’s Travels’. I am also interested in exploring the use of digital methods in the analysis of medieval geographical documents, and am a member of the Pelagios Commons community (and Pelagios Commons Committee member 2016-17). With the Pelagios team, I have worked on using Pelagios’s Linked Open Data infrastructure in the analysis of medieval Jerusalem pilgrimage texts. My forthcoming article ‘Old Traditions, New Technologies: Linked Geospatial Data and Late-Medieval Jerusalem Pilgrimage Documents’ brings together discussions of medieval and modern ways of linking geographical information, focussing on to Matthew Paris’s itinerary maps, Mandeville’s Travels, and Burchard of Mont Sion’s Descriptio terrae sanctae.
As well as teaching and researching in English, I am an active member of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture here at Southampton. I would be pleased to discuss potential research topics with prospective PhD students wishing to work on topics that touch on any of my research interests.
I am on research leave in Semester 2 2016-17.
Currently researching the text, manuscript and early printing history of the so-called Vulgate Latin version of The Book of Sir John Mandeville - the version edited by Richard Hakluyt in his Principall Navigations of 1589.
2012-13: member of the AHRC network 'Remembered Places and Invented Traditions: Thinking about the Holy Land in the Late Medieval West'.
2014: Pelagios 4: studying the places of our past through the Early Geospatial Documents that refer to them (AHRC Digital Amplifications project).
2015-2017: Pelagios Commons. Medieval Special Interest Group co-ordinator and Commons Committee member.
2016-217: member of Leverhulme International Network ‘Pilgrim libraries: books and reading on the medieval routes to Jerusalem & Rome’.
Dr Marianne O'Doherty
Faculty of Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom
Room Number: 65/2005
Telephone: (023) 8059 4534