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Thursday, May 12 • 1:30pm - 1:45pm
Literary GIS Methodology Versus Platforms: Technological Affordances and Their Discontents

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This proposed talk will explore the convergence of literary GIS as a methodological approach and the use of platforms such as Neatline, a plugin for Omeka exhibits that allows the developer to tell spatial stories in time. With the proliferation of platforms such as Omeka and Neatline for large and small scale projects,I argue that it is incumbent upon digital humanists to critically reflect not only on the technological affordances of GIS as a methodical approach, but also the positivistic pursuit of mappable data which has been said to elide “hidden chronologies” or complex social spaces such as gendered domestic environments, spaces not easily charted with the use of points, lines, and polygons. In order to do so, I will drawn from my own experiences building the urban compliment to David Cooper and Ian Gregory’s “Mapping the Lakes” (MTL), which composes an interactive digital map that plots William Wordsworth’s walking route detailed in his autobiographical poem The Prelude, particularly Book Seven, “Residence in London.” Similar to the MTL project, the aim of Mapping Wordsworth’s Conspicuous Consumption (MWCC) is not simply to visualize placenames within a poem, but to “open up methodological and critical space for the ongoing development of literary GIS.” This will be the first project of its kind to trace (or essentially hypothesize) the walking route of Wordsworth's “Residence in London” in Book Seven, linking the sites mentioned (and not mentioned) with images and text related to those sites on a historical map contemporaneous with three different moments: 1794-1797, 1805, and 1850. Thus the following critical questions will be explored: Because Neatline allows the designer to conjoin the map and the primary text, does the act of plotting spatial patterns embedded within the representation of the urban landscape ameliorate a purportedly teleological process? When do platforms obfuscate our ability as humanists to critically reflect on potential acts marginalization?


Thursday May 12, 2016 1:30pm - 1:45pm
COOR 186 975 S Myrtle Ave Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Session Location COOR 186

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