As a teacher of literature that requires the kind of deep attention cultivated by books, I increasingly find that I need to develop new modes of communication that can appeal to the habits of attention formed by digital media in order to help build a bridge for current students into medieval literature. One particular Middle English text, the dream-vision called "Pearl," lends itself to digital presentation because its form and symbolism employ mathematical concepts that could be animated graphically. The focus of this project would be to begin developing a website centered on graphic display of the poem's mathematical symbolism, which would also contain other material, both textual and audiovisual, that introduce the poem and explain how the mathematical symbolism connects to its central themes. This display would begin with digital images of the sole manuscript of the poem, held by the British Library. Funding would allow me to begin two processes of collaboration: first, with the staff of the British Library, which controls images of the poem and also has expertise in digital display; and second, with colleagues in computer science and mathematics at my college, who can help me think further about the mathematical dimensions of the poem and, most important, provide expertise and possible student collaborators for the rather intricate and specialized programming that would be required to realize what I am imagining, as well as the other possibilities that are sure to emerge as I embark on the project. Funding would also provide time for me to explore how best to use digital tools for the study of medieval texts in general and to study further "Pearl" and its mathematical aspects in particular, so that I can learn to engage a new audience in the study of this and other literary works.