My research interests include: medieval forms of spatial representation, with particular reference to travel writing and cartography; contacts between the Latin West and non-Christian cultures in the late Middle Ages; medieval European literary and imaginative engagements with the wider world, and the Indian Ocean world in particular; reception studies; medieval books, readers, and reading.
At present, my research focuses in particular on the widely-diffused and influential late-medieval translation of The Book of Sir John Mandeville known as the Vulgate Latin version.
Forthcoming articles include: ‘Law and lawlessness in late-medieval representations of the Indian Ocean World' in Les Nouveaux Mondes juridiques, dans la littérature et l’histoire (Moyen Âge - XVIIe siècle), ed. by Clotilde Jacquelard et Nicolas Lombart (Paris : Classiques Garnier, forthcoming); ‘Unreliable Eyewitnesses and Credulous Consumers: Pastiche Exotic Travel Narratives in England and Italy' (under review); ‘La convergence entre récit de voyage et géographie: la version latine ‘Vulgate’ du Livre de Jean de Mandeville’, in Voyages et géographie au moyen âge, ed. by Christine Gadrat-Ouerfelli and Damien Coulon, collection Le Temps d’Histoire (Presses Universitaires de Provence, in preparation) and ‘Imperial Fantasies in the ‘Vulgate Latin’ version of The Book of Sir John Mandeville’ (in preparation).
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 MRes and PhD students wishing to work on texts and topics in any of the above areas.
I am currently researching the 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.
In 2012-13 I was a member of the AHRC network 'Remembered Places and Invented Traditions: Thinking about the Holy Land in the Late Medieval West'.
I am also working with the Pelagios project team on the medieval aspects of an AHRC-funded Digital Amplifications project, Pelagios 4: studying the places of our past through the Early Geospatial Documents that refer to them. My contribution to this project will explore the ways in which Pelagios’ digital infrastructure can enhance our understanding of late-medieval maps and travel texts relating to Holy Land pilgrimage.
Dr Marianne O'Doherty
Faculty of Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
Room Number: 65/2005
Telephone: (023) 8059 4534