GIS and Literary History: Advancing Digital Humanities Research through the Spatial Analysis of Historical Travel Writing and Topographical Literature

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620256
Title:
GIS and Literary History: Advancing Digital Humanities Research through the Spatial Analysis of Historical Travel Writing and Topographical Literature
Authors:
Murrieta-Flores, Patricia ( 0000-0001-9904-0288 ) ; Donaldson, Christopher; Gregory, Ian
Abstract:
Exploratory studies have demonstrated the benefits of implementing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology in literary and cultural-historical research. These studies have done much to affirm the power and flexibility of GIS technology as a resource for humanities scholarship. At the same time, however, these studies share a common limitation in that they tend to rely on the analysis of point-based cartographic representations. Such representations are suitable for modelling quantitative geographical phenomena, but they are inadequate for modelling qualitative human phenomena. This inadequacy constitutes a significant problem for researchers who aspire to analyse the geographical experiences and spatial relationships represented in works of literature, including works that contain accounts of travel. The present article proposes a solution to this problem by demonstrating how advanced spatial analyses within GIS such as Cost-Surface Analysis (CSA) and Least-Cost-Path Analysis (LCP) can be used to facilitate more nuanced interpretations of historical works of travel writing and topographical literature. Specifically, the article explains how GIS, CSA and LCP can be combined to build coherent spatial models of the journeys recorded in the works of three canonical eighteenth-century British travellers, each of whom composed influential accounts of their travels through the English Lake District: the poet Thomas Gray (1716–1771), the naturalist Thomas Pennant (1726–1798) and the agriculturist Arthur Young (1741–1820).
Affiliation:
University of Chester; University of Lancaster; University of Lancaster
Citation:
Murrieta-Flores, P., Donaldson, C. & Gregory, I. (2017). GIS and literary history: Advancing digital humanities research through the spatial analysis of historical travel writing and topographical literature. Digital Humanities Quarterly. 11 (1).
Publisher:
The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
Journal:
Digital Humanities Quarterly
Publication Date:
6-Mar-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620256
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1938-4122
Appears in Collections:
History and Archaeology

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dc.contributor.authorMurrieta-Flores, Patriciaen
dc.contributor.authorDonaldson, Christopheren
dc.contributor.authorGregory, Ianen
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-21T15:38:27Z-
dc.date.available2016-11-21T15:38:27Z-
dc.date.issued2017-03-06en
dc.identifier.citationMurrieta-Flores, P., Donaldson, C. & Gregory, I. (2017). GIS and literary history: Advancing digital humanities research through the spatial analysis of historical travel writing and topographical literature. Digital Humanities Quarterly. 11 (1).en
dc.identifier.issn1938-4122-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620256-
dc.description.abstractExploratory studies have demonstrated the benefits of implementing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology in literary and cultural-historical research. These studies have done much to affirm the power and flexibility of GIS technology as a resource for humanities scholarship. At the same time, however, these studies share a common limitation in that they tend to rely on the analysis of point-based cartographic representations. Such representations are suitable for modelling quantitative geographical phenomena, but they are inadequate for modelling qualitative human phenomena. This inadequacy constitutes a significant problem for researchers who aspire to analyse the geographical experiences and spatial relationships represented in works of literature, including works that contain accounts of travel. The present article proposes a solution to this problem by demonstrating how advanced spatial analyses within GIS such as Cost-Surface Analysis (CSA) and Least-Cost-Path Analysis (LCP) can be used to facilitate more nuanced interpretations of historical works of travel writing and topographical literature. Specifically, the article explains how GIS, CSA and LCP can be combined to build coherent spatial models of the journeys recorded in the works of three canonical eighteenth-century British travellers, each of whom composed influential accounts of their travels through the English Lake District: the poet Thomas Gray (1716–1771), the naturalist Thomas Pennant (1726–1798) and the agriculturist Arthur Young (1741–1820).en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThe Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizationsen
dc.subjectGISen
dc.subjectLiterary Mappingen
dc.subjectDigital Humanitiesen
dc.subjectSpatial Humanitiesen
dc.subjectSpatial Analysisen
dc.subjectliterary historyen
dc.titleGIS and Literary History: Advancing Digital Humanities Research through the Spatial Analysis of Historical Travel Writing and Topographical Literatureen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester; University of Lancaster; University of Lancasteren
dc.identifier.journalDigital Humanities Quarterlyen
dc.date.accepted2016-08-15-
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderEuropean Research Councilen
rioxxterms.identifier.project283850en
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-12-31-
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