Project

Comparing Illustrations and Text in Arthurian Romance: The Lancelot-Grail from c. 1220 to c. 1500: A Searchable Web-based Approach

Program

ACLS Grants-In-Aid , ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships

Department

History of Art and Architecture

Abstract

I aim to work with technical collaborator Ken Sochats (VISC, U of Pittsburgh, non-stipendiary) and a graduate research assistant to implement a new phase of the long-term Lancelot-Grail project which presents digitzed images of manuscripts of Arthurian romance for comparison and analysis using a pioneering, innovative, GIS-based approach in which we treat the manuscript page as a conceptual map. We now plan a comparative component whereby selected manuscripts and their illustrative contents may be cross-compared in order to determine what elements in these popular stories were perceived by the commissioners of the manuscripts as best reflecting their personal interests, be they in legal or spiritual matters or in issues of debate and discussion of cultural values.