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MORROIS, a digital humanities project in its nascent stages, addresses a series of critical theoretical questions surrounding the use of mapping and other data visualizations in medieval literary studies, while also providing a useful resource to researchers working in the field.

The ultimate goal of MORROIS is to develop a large-scale, open-ended index of place-names found in medieval romance, marking line-by-line instances where a romance explicitly employs geographical terms to describe place, person, or thing.

While these datasets are designed to be projectable across a map, the site should also be seen as both geographic index and gazetteer, allowing users to search by romance, manuscript, language, date, and/or place to find these geographic referents.

Presently, the data (all place names in the Alliterative Morte ArthureOctavian, and Sir Isumbras) is presented using the Omeka Classic content management system and the Neatline plugin for map display. Over the next two years, with the assistance of a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, we will be migrating the data to a more versatile RDF framework, and expanding our datasets to include all place-names in both the Auchinleck Manuscript (Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS 19.2.1) and the Lincoln Thornton Manuscript (Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library MS 91).

See "Overcoming the Perils of Mapping Medieval Spaces: GIS and Other Data Visualizations of the Literary Real and Fictive," under Essays and Notes for a fuller discussion of this topic.

See the News Page for up-to-date development information.

Development Team

Principal Investigator

John A. Geck, Assistant Professor of English, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Primary Collaborator

Sean M. Winslow, Zentrum für Informationsmodellierung, Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

Data Collection

Technical Lead

Technical Advisory

This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.