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Mapping Literature: Towards a Geography of Fiction

  • Barbara Piatti
  • Hans Rudolf Bär
  • Anne-Kathrin Reuschel
  • Lorenz Hurni
  • William Cartwright
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)

Abstract

Modern cartography has the ability to map almost any phenomenon for which spatial relationships are of primary relevance. While existing cartographic products cover already an enormous variety of topics, the visualisation of ‘other’ geographies gains more and more attention. These other geographies may not accord to the ‘normal’ spaces usually mapped, hence cartography is both challenged and forced to find uncommon solutions. Literature and its fictional spaces might serve as a fi ne example (but one could also think of soundscapes or emotions). Doubtlessly, the realm of fiction is defined by different ‘rules’ to the geography that cartography customarily addresses. This paper deals with two main questions: Firstly, how to map narratives and their complex spatial structure? Secondly, what do we achieve by mapping literature? By searching for some (provisional) answers, the horizon of a promising interdisciplinary research field – a future literary geography – becomes visible.

Keywords

Single Text Textual Space Literary Geography Complex Spatial Structure Mapping Literature 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Piatti
    • 1
  • Hans Rudolf Bär
    • 1
  • Anne-Kathrin Reuschel
    • 1
  • Lorenz Hurni
    • 1
  • William Cartwright
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of CartographyETH ZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.School of Mathematical and Geospatial SciencesRMIT UniversityAustralia

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