Reading East: Irish Sources and Resources is a window onto Dublin’s extraordinary collections of rare books.
The heart of the website is a selective catalogue of early modern printed texts attesting to encounters between Europe and the East during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The project covers a variety of genres (including travel accounts, historical and geographical texts, but also books about oriental medicine, languages, religions, to name but a few examples), thus showcasing the complex and multifaceted relationships between East and West in the Renaissance. Providing detailed descriptions of each text, the site includes bibliographical reports, copy-specific information, images, scholarly essays, and links to relevant online resources. Participating libraries include Marsh’s Library, The Chester Beatty Library, The Edward Worth Library, The Royal Irish Academy Library, University College Dublin Library Special Collections, and Trinity College Library Dublin.
Reading East was developed as a postdoctoral research project by Dr Marina Ansaldo, under the supervision of Dr Jane Grogan, at the School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin. The project was developed from January to December 2012 under the Government of Ireland Research & Senior Research Fellowship Project in the Humanities and Social Sciences, funded by the Irish Research Council. The website itself was created in collaboration with Niall O’Leary of the Digital Humanities Observatory, a project of the Royal Irish Academy.