Dr Marina Ansaldo
Project: Ireland Illustrated
Ireland Illustrated is a new online resource showcasing illustrations of Ireland that appeared as part of travel accounts, both manuscript and printed, and that were created before 1850. The project provides an annotated collection of images from such accounts, with extensive metadata about these illustrations, the works they belong to, and the artists and authors that were involved in their creation. Each catalogue entry also includes a transcription of the passages from the travel journal that relate to the image reproduced. The subjects depicted by the images that appear in Ireland Illustrated range from popular picturesque landscapes and archaeological sites, to sketches created in the course of angling excursions, illustrations of antiquities excavated from bogs, representations of famine scalps, and scenes of everyday life, to name but a few examples. Thus, the project provides a multifaceted and complex representation of Ireland as seen through the eyes of travellers, both through their images and texts, generating in the process new online content that provides valuable data to scholarly research, as well as information of interest to a more general public. An interactive map, using GIS elements to display the contents of the catalogue by geographical location, provides an alternative point of entry into the contents of the site.
Ireland Illustrated is being developed in collaboration with the National Library of Ireland, and the Digital Humanities Observatory, Dublin, and has been funded by the Higher Education Authority in Ireland, under the Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (Cycle 4) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Ireland Illustrated is part of the Text, Transmission and Cultural Exchange project which is being developed by Professor Jane Conroy and Professor Daniel Carey.
Marina Ansaldo obtained a Bachelor of Arts from NUI Galway in 2007. She completed her PhD with the English Department, NUI Galway in September 2011, working under the supervision of Professor Daniel Carey and Dr Clíodhna Carney. The title of her dissertation is Fortune and the Troilus and Cressida Story: A Study of the Representations and Functions of Fortune in Boccaccio’s Filostrato, Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida.
From January to December 2012, she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in University College Dublin, under the supervision of Dr Jane Grogan, when she developed Reading East: Irish Sources and Resources, a website including a selective descriptive catalogue of early modern printed texts held in Dublin research libraries that attest to contact between Europe and the East, and related resources. Reading East was funded by the Irish Research Council under the Government of Ireland Research & Senior Research Fellowship Project in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and can be accessed at www.ucd.ie/readingeast. Marina is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher on the project Ireland Illustrated, developing content and layout of the Ireland Illustrated website under the supervision of Professor Jane Conroy.
Marina has published ‘Translating the Representation of Fortune: Criseida, Criseyde, and the Lady of the Wheel’ in The Imbas Journal and ‘Fortune in Boccaccio’s Filostrato’, on the Power in the Middle Ages conference website. She has presented at several conferences, including Chaucer at Galway, NUI Galway (May 2010); Out of Old Books: The Future of Chaucer Studies, Trinity College Dublin (November 2011), and the 2012 Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio (October 2012). She has also given a public lecture during the Edward Worth Spring Seminar Series (May 2013) and talks as part of the UCD School of English, Drama and Film Research Seminar Series (November 2012), and the Digital Scholarship Seminar Series, Moore Institute, NUI Galway (March 2013) Her research has attracted funding by several institutions, including NUI Galway and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and a Muriel McCarthy Research Fellowships, from Marsh’s Library for 2014. Her research interests include Medieval Literature, Early Modern Literature, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Travel Literature, Comparative Literature, Stylistics, Textual Scholarship, Bibliographical Studies, Book History and Digital Humanities.