Wendy Belcher’s Dataset Curation grant is part of a project to create a comprehensive resource for the medieval Ethiopian Täˀammərä Maryam (Miracles of Mary) tales. Drawing on manuscripts from the exceptional Ethiopic Manuscript Collection in Princeton’s Rare Books and Special Collections, Belcher’s project will provide information about the history of miracle tales across regions, languages, and cultures to enable better scholarship, provide Ethiopians access to their patrimony, and raise awareness about the beauty, breadth, and variety of these vital works of early African literature. Belcher’s project is also supported by a CDH Public Digital Humanities grant, pairing the creation of the database with an outreach program addressed at engaging the Ethiopian Orthodox community.
Wendy L. Belcher is Associate Professor of African Literature with a joint appointment in the Department of Comparative Literature and the African American Studies Program. Her work lies at the intersection of diaspora, postcolonial, and eighteenth-century studies, with a special focus on the literatures of Ethiopia and Ghana.