Patricia O’CONNOR

Postgraduate Student / IRC Scholar
Digital Arts and Humanities / School of English
University College Cork

Research Interests:
Old English literature and language; palaeography; codicology; the representation of medieval manuscripts in the digital age.

 Select Publications:
‘Marginalised Texts: The Old English Marginalia and the Old English Bede in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 41′,The Boolean, 5 (October 2015). 

Funded Projects:
I am an IRC-funded doctoral researcher working on a project entitled: “Retrieving the Textual Environment of the Old English Bede: A Digital Remediation of Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 41″. I was awarded a travel bursary (£500) by the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network (DiXiT) to attend the DiXiT-funded MMSDA summer course ‘Medieval and Modern Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age’, held in London and Cambridge, 2-6 May 2016. Previously, I was awarded a Travel Bursary of €300 by the CENDARI Project which is financed by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme for Research to support my attendance at the 2015 CENDARI Summer School: ‘Researching Medieval Culture in a Digital Environment’, held in Prague, Czech Republic from 20-24 July 2015.

In 2014 I obtained funding from the School of English in University College Cork, to pursue my research on the four extant manuscript witnesses of the Old English Bede within the Digital Arts and Humanities PhD course. My PhD project aims to combine traditional research with contemporary digital innovation in its reassessment and representation of the marginalia from the manuscript witnesses of the Old English Bede, in order to recreate the physical relationship between the marginalia from the Old English Bede and the principal text.

Current Teaching:
I teach the Medieval and Renaissance component of the First Year module EN1101: ‘Contexts: The Production and Reception of Literature and Film’. EN1101 is a Problem-Based Learning module which explores medieval and later manuscript culture and the relationship between theatre and audience in the early modern period through student-directed research. I also tutor first year tutorial groups on Old, Middle and Renaissance English Literature, and I teach on the second year Old English Language course which seeks to help students develop a reading fluency in Old English and translate passages of Old English into idiomatic modern English.

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