Mapping St Petersburg: Experiments in Literary Cartography

Mapping St Petersburg is developing a cartography of the Petersburg text, using geographic data of both place names and descriptions to produce geo-spatial visualizations for analysis, in order to enhance understanding of the interaction of literature and place. Adding layers of historical data through the use of cartograms and old maps will enable a broader picture of different dimensions of life in the city in different periods, and their relation to the images of the city in literature, to emerge. The pilot project focused on mapping Crime and Punishment, and subsequent developments have included mapping Gogol’s Petersburg stories and historical data. The project currently uses Google Maps, and Mapstraction as the API.

The Project

 

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