Mapping Literature

Apologies for the extremely last-minute post, which I’m writing on the plane en route to THATCamp!

In a nutshell, what I’d like to discuss in this session is the mapping of literature. By this I mean not only strictly geographical mappings (i.e. cartographical/GIS representations of space and place) but also perhaps more abstract and conceptual mappings that don’t lend themselves so well to mathematical geospatial mash-ups.

How can we (and do we already) play with the possibilities of existing technology to create great DH tools to read literature spatially?

I’ll first demo my Litmap project and hopefully that’ll serve as a springboard for discussion. You can read more about Litmap and look at it ahead of time here.

Very much looking forward to a discussion with all of the great people who are going to be there!

3 Responses to “Mapping Literature”

  1. Etienne Posthumus Says:

    I am not sure if I will be doing a session on it or not (yet), but may I suggest you look into the usage of ICONCLASS the mutli-lingual subject classification system as one of the coordinates to use in such a mapping endeavour? (cripes, what a spectacularly long sentence that is)

    Will try to chat with you on this topic tomorrow.

  2. briancroxall Says:

    I’m just going to say that I’m looking forward to your demo of Litmap and teasing these things out with a group of people (Amanda, Bethany, etc.) who have been thinking about these issues and approaching them in their own particular approach. We should be able to learn from one another and take that many more methods home with us for the future.

  3. Bethany Nowviskie Says:

    Yes, clearly at least we four should get together! Joe Gilbert tells me this is what he’d like to discuss, too. I expect there are a few more people thinking at the nexus of space, time, and ambiguity/subjectivity/cultural production.