This project explores the representation of poverty as a voluntary ideal and an economic reality in mendicant (especially Franciscan and Dominican) inspired writing and visual imagery 1220-1520. It asks why enthusiasm for poverty as an evangelical ideal in mendicant religious order developed in a society in which involuntary poverty was viewed as a shameful condition. It will produce a series of studies exploring the representation of both penitential voluntary poverty and involuntary poverty in preaching, literature (latin and vernacular), and visual art. They will present poverty as a polyvalent concept serving to promote awareness of the need for penitence and charity as well as of the needs of the poor.
|Effective start/end date||1/07/11 → 31/12/16|
- Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD60,000.00
- Dominican Province of the Assumption: AUD2,000.00
- Franciscan Friars Province of the Holy Spirit: AUD18,000.00